Historic Buildings (1), Norwich, Norfolk, England
Dragon Hall, in King Street, was a trading hall built in 1430 by Robert Toppes, a wealthy merchant and is now open to the public (I have heard that it is now (2016) open only once a month for guided tours). This is the only trading hall built by a single person, rather than an organisation, to have survived in England.
However, despite its grandeur Dragon Hall was a working building not a home. Robert Toppes and his family lived in the centre of Norwich near the market place.
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Cow Tower is one of the few remaining medieval towers which formed part of the town wall and is situated on the banks of the River Wensum by the Riverside Walk about a quarter mile north of Bishop Bridge.
The original wall had 11 fortified gates, 40 towers and 1,630 battlements.
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The Medieval Strangers Hall dates from 1320, although modifications were made at various times up to the 17th century, and is a fascinating building. This view is of the entrance courtyard.
The hall is now open to the public as a museum of everyday life through the centuries and now has one of the largest domestic life collections in the country. It stands on Charing Cross in St. Andrew's, just off the junction with the Maddermarket.
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The Guildhall, built in 1410, has rather attractive chequered pattern medieval flintwork on the front and was used for civic and judicial functions for five hundred years. The clock tower though is Victorian.
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