Subsequently, Norwich seems to have rapidly developed in the tenth century, influenced by Scandinavian settlements. Place name evidence, and some objects confirm an Anglo-Scandinavian culture. Some of the early church dedications also belong to this period.
Alternatively a church could have been seen as a financial investment, conveying rights and a share of the tithe income. It is possible that churches were also used for commercial uses as well as religious. There may indeed be a whole range of reasons. We are unlikely to ever know.
By the 12th Century church reforms had brought parish churches under control of the Church, and measures had been introduced to stop the proliferation of churches. However it was not until the reformation that there was any real rationalisation of churches in Norwich and a significant reduction in numbers. Even this may have occurred more as a result of the valuable location the churches stood on, or their poor state of repair. However, increasing wealth meant that existing wooden churches were being rebuilt in stone.
Norwich became a city in 1194, when Richard I granted a charter giving rights of self-government
Norwich city centre steadily lost population for most of the 20th century. Slum clearance started early in Norwich. The central area became more and more commercial, and less and less residential.
Enemy action in the Second World War destroyed areas of the city centre, and many others suffered extensive damage.
|All Saints Westlegate||St. George Tombland||St. Julian||St. Michael at Plea|
|St. Andrew||St. Giles||St. Lawrence||St. Peter Hungate|
|St. Augustine||St. Gregory||St. Margaret||St. Peter Mancroft|
|St. Benedict||St. Helen||St. Martin at Oak||St. Peter Parmentergate|
|St. Clement||St. James Pockthorpe||St. Martin at Palace Plain||St. Saviour|
|St. Edmund Fishergate||St. John de Sepulchre||St. Mary Coslany||St. Simon & St. Jude|
|St. Etheldreda||St. John Maddermarket||St. Mary the Less||St. Stephen|
|St. George Colegate||St. John Timberhill||St. Michael(Miles) Coslany||St. Swithin|