A foggy blog: three hours, two legs and nearly 40 churches (Part D)

Walking up back to where Pottergate meets Bedford Street, turn left at the Birdcage and just after the Belgian Monk pub you will meet St John Maddermarket with its archway to the left. 


Turn left at the foot of St John Maddermarket towards Charing Cross. Go straight over the road and continue north along Duke Street. Turn left along the ancient route of Colegate. St Michael Coslany, now the Inspire Discovery Centre, is in front of you. 


Walking out to Oak Street, turn right past the tower and continue to St Mary’s Plain. Turn right here and you will come across my favourite Norwich church, St Mary Coslany. 


Turn left on rejoining Duke Street and then follow the roundabout to the left. Take the pedestrian entrance to the end of St Martin’s Lane to walk up to St Martin at Oak, which lost it’s tower during the last century (see some of George Plunkett’s photographs). 


Retrace your steps to the roundabout, cross over St Crispin’s Road and follow Pitt Street north. St Augustine is outside the inner ring road but part of its parish was within. The ancient walls did not follow exactly the same route as the modern road. The church is on your left. 


Again retrace your steps and walk south, crossing back to Duke Street (there is an underpass). Take the first left, Muspole Street and discover St George Colegate.

A foggy blog: three hours, two legs and nearly 40 churches (Part E)

Turn left and walk east along Colegate. You will soon spot St Clement’s on your right. 


On reaching the junction, turn left onto Magdalen Street. Just before you hit the flyover, you will see St Saviour in its shadow to your right. 


Continue under the flyover and head east towards another large roundabout. The children’s play area is the site of another church never rebuilt after World War Two bombing – St Paul’s. Some of the trees which used to edge its churchyard remain. 


Continue towards the roundabout. Opposite where you stand is St James Pockthorpe, now better known as the Norwich Puppet Theatre. 



Cross the ringroad again and head back towards the city down Whitefriars. Turn right before the river and you will find St Edmund. 



Retrace your steps back to Whitefriars and continue across the river. St Martin at Palace is in front of you, again with a churchyard above the level of the road. Normally, you would see the spire of the Cathedral to it’s right, but it’s very faint in the photograph here thanks to the mist. 


Follow the road round to the left with the Cathedral Close to your right. Walk past the Adam and Eve and continue along Bishopgate. St Helen will soon appear to your left, attached to the much larger premises of the Great Hospital. 


A foggy blog: three hours, two legs and nearly 40 churches (Part F)

Take the cut through over the road from St Helen and cross the playing fields of the Norwich School to Hook’s Walk with it’s view of the Cathedral (somewhat less striking than usual today). 


At the end of Hook’s Walk, the open space in front of you marks the spot of the former St Mary in the Marsh, pulled down in 1564. Rather than changing parish boundaries, the residents of the Close began worshipping in St Luke’s Chapel inside the Cathedral where the church’s font remains today. (See my facebook page for pictures of St Luke’s Chapel). 


Head out of the close through the archway and turn right onto Tombland. Behind the Edith Cavell pub is St George Tombland. 


Walk around the back of the church and under another quirky archway to come back onto Tombland. Turn left and pass the roundabout. St Simon and St Jude is on your left.


Turn left up the famous, cobbled, Elm Hill and pass the back of Blackfriars Hall. The small church at the top of the hill is St Peter Hungate. 


Continue up straight ahead at the top of Elm Hill and on your left is St Michael at Plea.


Now turn left down Queen Street and you will spot St Mary the Less, already well out of use by 1837 (at least for Church of England worship, it is famous for Strangers and Waloons now) snuggled between shops. 


Do an about turn and head back to Redwell Street. Turn right down St Andrew’s Street and you will spot the enormous St Andrews and Blackfriars Hall to your right, a remnant of one of the city’s medieval friaries. The church is over the road to your left, and the last on our tour. 


Walk up the hill to the left of St Andrew and you will once again be in the thick of the pedestrianised city centre. From here you can turn right and continue down to the Guildhall and along Gentleman’s Walk past the old market and city hall before heading back to the bus station, or turn left then almost immediately right to get onto Castle Meadow and the grounds of the Castle.

So there you have it, a foggy blog. Congratulations if you made it all the way to the end. I’ll be off now to drink a warm beverage…

The future of my blog...

There is definitely a future!

However, I'm currently up to my eyes in study for my MSc in Genealogical, Heraldic and Paleographic Studies (via Certificate and Diploma at the University of Strathclyde) as well as the 'day job' and planning my wedding. 

So, although I'll be updating and writing whenever I can, I may not be able to keep up an every week entry for a couple of months.

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