18 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Norwich
Norwich is a more interesting city than you think. If you ever take the time to leave the UEA campus and pry yourself away from the library (or the pub) you’ll find there’s plenty to see and do. You might actually learn something about this fine city.
1. Norwich could have been the capital of England.
In the 11th Century London and Norwich were the two biggest cities in England.
2. The Norfolk Broads are mentioned in a Bowie song.
In ‘Life on Mars’ he sings “from Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads”
3. The first woman to publish a book in English was from Norwich.
Julian of Norwich who the JSC is named after wrote Revelations of Divine Love in 1395.
4. Norwich Cathedral has the second tallest spire in England.
Only Salisbury Cathedral has a taller spire.
5. Chapelfield used to be a chocolate factory.
6. Before the industrial revolution Norfolk was the most populated county in England.
7. Norwich has one of the lowest crime rates in the UK.
8. The Wild Man Pub is thought to be named after a feral child who mysteriously turned up in Norwich in 1751.
9. The Norwich Post was England’s first provincial newspaper, published in 1701.
10. The Beatles only performed once in Norwich but they did queue with fans for chips afterwards.
11. Albert Einstein stopped in Norwich before fleeing to America in 1933.
He lived in a hut on Roughton Heath while fleeing Nazi prosecution.
12. Norwich was the first place in the UK to have postcodes.
They tested them out here and began testing electronic ways of sorting through all the post.
13. Actor Sir John Mills went to school in Norwich.
Apparently he hated it there saying his best achievement was breaking the schools bully’s nose.
14. Inhabitants of Norwich used to boast that it had a pub for every day of the year.
Sadly many of these pubs have now closed but we still enjoy many, many great pubs.
15. Norwich Market is the largest open air market in the UK.
16. Over 40% of graduates from Norwich live and work locally.
17. Norwich has 6 theatres and one of only two puppet theatres in the country.
18. 26% of Norwich’s population is in the 16-29 age group.
Probably due to all the students and the graduates who just don’t want to leave.