Norwich is a
large city in East Anglia with a population of just over 130,00
people. Located in the county of Norfolk, Norwich is split between
two adjoining government districts. The Norwich City Council
District and the Local Authority District in the Eastern region.
Norwich has a long history in the manufacturing industry. Today,
there are still several large manufacturing industries in the city
specialising in joiner, clothing and aircraft design. Norwich
recently had strong links with the chocolate industry with Nestle
running are large operation in the area but this has since moved to
During the Second World War, Norwich suffered widespread bombing and
many parts of the original city centre and terraced housing were
damaged. Other targets for the bombers were large shopping areas,
factories and the City Station.
These days Norwich is well known as a popular shopping destination.
The ancient markets place still exists and is often open six days a
week. The Castle Mall has since been renamed the Mall Norwich and is
unique in the fact that most of the new building work is underground
and built in to the side of a hill. On the roof of the shopping
centre is a public park.
Another popular shopping centre in the area is Chapelfied. This mall
is based on the old Nestle chocolate factory site and has a flagship
House of Fraser store. In 2006 Norwich was voted as the best city
centre in the United Kingdom for shopping satisfaction in a survey.
Students in Norwich can attend the University of East Anglia which
was founded in 1963. The University is home to the Sainsbury Centre
for Visual Arts. The city also has the Norwich School of Art and
Design and the Norwich University Hospital.
Norwich has several cultural buildings and venues including the
Norwich Theatre Royal that is around 250 years old. The theatre
seats well over one thousand people and shows a variety of shows and
Other cultural buildings in Norwich include The Forum (a new
building opened in 2002 designed to house the Millennium Library).
The Millennium Library houses the Second Air Division Memorial
Library which commemorates the role of the United States Air Force
in the Second World War.
The most famous sporting team in Norwich is Norwich City Football
Club. Nicknamed the Canaries they are famous for having cook Delia
Smith as a passionate fan (and part owner). Norwich City play their
home games at Carrow Road and play in the Football League
Transport links to Norwich are excellent. By road, the A47 road
connects the city connects to Great Yarmouth, Peterborough and Kings
Lynn. The nearest motorways are the M11 and M25 in London. Ipswich
is also easily accessible via the A140 road.
By rail, Norwich Railway Station is the last stop on the Great
Eastern Main Line (from London Liverpool Street). Other services
from Lowestoft, Ely and Sheringham also terminate at this station.
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