Civic Voice

The Norwich Society invites you to join us in caring for this fine old City.

We do this by:

  • Watching planned city development to encourage the highest possible standards
    Identifying planning and development needs and arguing for them with the relevant authorities
  • Gathering evidence of problems and concerns and making the case for change
    Explore our Website to see who we are, what we do, and how you can join in our work.
  • Our Annual Report 2012 can be viewed hereNEW! Membership formJoin Us! page

    NORWICH 2035

    The Society has just completed a new study of what might and could lie ahead
    for the City centre in 2035. Our highest hopes and worst fears are
    captured in one study that is intended to stimulate debate and move
    aspirations forward. Read it here.

    Norwich has been one of Europe’s leading cities for more than a thousand years. For the majority of the last millennium it was England’s second city, after London. In the 1830s, William Cobbett wrote ‘Norwich is a very fine city, and the castle, which stands in the middle of it, on a hill, is truly majestic’ (Norwichborn George Borrow is often cited as the originator of this phrase but he borrowed it from Cobbett). A century later, J B
    Priestley described the City as ‘A grand, higgledy-piggledy, sensible old place’.
    More recently, Stephen Fry expanded on Cobbett's compliment: ‘Norwich is a
    fine city. None finer. If there is another city in the UK with a school of painters
    named after it, a matchless modern art gallery, a university with a reputation for
    literary excellence which can boast Booker Prize-winning alumni, one of the grandest
    Romanesque cathedrals in the world, and an extraordinary new state-of-the-art
    library, then I have yet to hear of it.’

    So why do we need a vision for the future of the City? Find out more...

    Marsh Award for Norwich Society

    The Norwich Society has been given a prestigious Marsh award for “making an outstanding contribution to the civic movement”. The award was given for the Society’s city-wide survey of buildings of local significance that are not listed by English Heritage and are not within conservation areas. The project as begun when the Earl of Leicester Public House on Bowthorpe Road was pulled down suddenly by its then owner and the survey was completed in 2011. Teams of volunteers from the Norwich Society guided by English Heritage and City conservation guidelines worked for several years on the list after which there was a public consultation and specialist review.

    The current Chairman, Mary Ash, received the certificate and a cheque for £1,000 from Nick Carter of the Marsh Christian Trust on Saturday at the Civic Voice AGM in Canterbury. (Picture attached).

    Mrs Ash said, “We in the Norwich are absolutely delighted with the Marsh Award, and the very generous cheque. The Award recognises the active role the Norwich Society plays in the conservation of the City’s heritage. It is also a marvellous pat-on-the-back for all our hard-working volunteers and shows what can be achieved when people work together. The list is in use and having an effect.”

    The project was led by Clare Currie and Mary Ash. Sarah Cocke supplied definitive photographs of the buildings and Jane Newick set up the IT for the database. Advisors included the City Council’s conservation officer, Chris Bennett, English Heritage officers and design and building specialists Richard Cocke, Hugh Feilden and Bill Wilson.

    Details of the Marsh Trust can be found on here!


Next Event

Events Booking Form ...

Wednesday 18 March 10.30am
Society Morning Third Wednesday Lecture
Music Room, The Assembly House
Whatever Happened to the Textile Trade?
Rod Spokes

Coffee available from 10am.
No booking necessary.
Guests £5 at the door.

Corporate Members

Next Corporate Event:
Thursday 5th March 2015.
The Great Hospital
Details to come.

Contact: Vicky Manthorpe
email  •  Tel: 01603 765606
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Planning Issues

City Walls Project

The research on our City Walls project is now almost finished. Vanessa Trevelyan is now working on editing the material for our new City Walls booklet for publication next year. 

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