Norwich Market bibliography
Norwich Market book
In the 17th & 18th centuries as the roads to Norwich improved coach travel brought an increasing number of visitors to Norwich creating a demand for goods and services. At the same time the topography of the market changed as buildings were erected across the market place.The market area in this period was squalid and dirty with rotting food and horse manure trapped in the cobble stones. It was also badly lit. The pipes for the new “Gasolier”, erected in the centre of the market place, were laid in 1820 by the Norwich Gas Company. It was the first gas lamp in the city and stood for sixty years. During the second half of the 19th century much new building took place: the Guildhall acquired Victorian embellishments, the Angel Inn was transformed into the Royal Hotel before emerging as the Royal Arcade whilst the old Fishmarket was replaced somewhat bizarrely by a grand neo-classical building!