Top five iconic industrial sites in Norwich
To mark the release of Nick Williams' new book Norwich: City of Industries, here are five of the city's most iconic industrial sites. Why not track them down for yourselves...
St James Mill, Whitefriars: Built in 1836 to help rejuvenate dwindling textile trades, the six-storey mill is now the headquarters of Jarrold & Sons Ltd, as well as home to several other companies following its redevelopment in 1991. St James Mill's beautiful exterior remains one of the most iconic features of Norwich's city skyline to this day. As this is a working building, public access inside St James Mill is usually limited to Heritage Open Days and occasional tours, but its splendid exterior is a must-see for any visitor to Norwich interested industrial heritage, and is sited alongside the picturesque river Wensum at Whitefriars.
Colman's Mustard Shop & Museum, the Royal Arcade: Although not technically an industrial site, the Colman's Mustard Shop & Museum has all you need to know about the history behind the internationally famous mustard company. With a history spanning almost 200 years, there is so much to discover about the Colman family, the history of production at the Carrow works factory, and the vast empire Jeremiah Colman built up, along with historic items and displays. Located in the beautifully decorated, art nouveau Royal Arcade, the Colman's Mustard Shop & Museum also makes for a perfect shopping trip – loads of great gift ideas to be found here!
Warings Furniture (formerly Holmes' and Panks' showroom), Cattle Market Street: Built in 1862, this beautifully designed showroom originally exhibited iron and glass work produced by John Holmes. Today the site is home to a very stylish furniture store and café, so you can enjoy a coffee and cake whilst you take in the shop's impressive architecture.
Wensum Lodge (formerly Crown Brewery), King Street: This former brewery of Youngs, Crawshay & Youngs was closed in the late 1950s and later became the Wensum Lodge adult education centre. Located on historic King Street, visitors to this site can also discover other links to Norwich's rich history including Dragon Hall and medieval churches as well as enjoying the redevelopment of Riverside, now home to a wide range of entertainment, restaurants and bars.
Coslany Bridge & Bullard & Sons' former Anchor Brewery, Coslany Street: Coslany Bridge was designed by James Frost and dates back to 1804. It is the earliest example of iron being used for bridge building in Norwich and is also next to the former site of Bullard & Sons' Anchor Brewery. This picturesque and quiet area along the river Wensum makes for a nice stroll along the Riverside Walk and through the historic streets of Norwich.
Nick Williams' book examines some of the key industries that have left their mark on Norwich, focusing on textiles, boot and shoe-making, brewing, food manufacturing, engineering and the Norwich drapers, looking at the remarkable stories behind each industry, the companies and key characters who shaped their success and the legacy that remains. Available from Norwich HEART (at The Guildhall), HEART Amazon store, Colman's Mustard Shop, Jarrolds, Waterstone's Castle St, City Bookshop.