Thursday Doors: Dragon Hall in Norwich, UK

As I told you on Wednesday evening I did a little escape to Norwich on Tuesday to go for a long walk and take some pictures. Of course, I found some doors too.

In 2013 I did another one of those excursions with my old camera. I think it was a Nikon or Canon something or other and I took a picture of an old building. I had no idea what it was and couldn’t find out later on either.

 

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Dragon Hall in 2013 seen from the other side of the River Wensum

 

This time, I started from the Morrison’s  car park, went over Novi Sad Friendship Bridge and afterwards turned right into King Street.

By then I gathered that I should come along that building I had photographed three years ago and sure enough, there it was:

 

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Dragon Hall in Norwich UK

 

When I saw the sign I remembered that the Writer’s Center Norwich has taken over this building to create a national centre for writing in connection with Norwich’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature.

I was hoping for some great doors 🙂 and I found…. one!

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It looks really nice there, doesn’t it? Well, unfortunately, the future hasn’t stopped at King Street in Norwich and it’s surrounding looks like this:

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I was surprised to find this door hidden away at the side of the mediaeval building and hoped for some more intriguing ones.

So I went to the other side of the street and found this:

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Don’t get me wrong, that building is amazing. It was build between 1427 and 1430 for a merchant called Robert Toppes. Apparently, this one is the only one still in existence that was owned by only one person. All other mediaeval trading halls were rather connected to guilds than to a single person.

According to Wikipedia, the undercroft is even older than the great hall and archaeological finds tell us there have been humans living here for about 1000 years.

Let’s have a closer look at those two doors:

 

 

I admit the second one isn’t too bad with that little window and the cross in it. However, the first one is rather mundane. Never mind. Not all people have a fetish for doors ;-).

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But tell you what? These are beautiful compared to the doors on the other end of the first rather mediaeval door:

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The Dragon Hall used to be a museum before the Writer’s Center Norwich purchased the building and this part must have been added for these purposes in 2004 when it was refurbished. I have to admit though I found them rather shocking :-).

Ok, one last picture of the Dragon Hall again without a door and from 2013:

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Thursday Doors is the lovely blog event created by Norm Frampton and you can find more doors here.

9 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: Dragon Hall in Norwich, UK

  1. Fantastic place! I’m fascinated with all the incredibly old stuff there, ya know. Here, old is like 100-300 years, lol! Wonderful arched door. There’s something to be said for old and new living across the way from one another. And of course I love the old wooden doors as well. Great doors 🙂

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