The parish churches of Norwich north of the River Wensum: city, community, architecture and antiquarianism

Ayers, Brian, Haynes, Clare, Heslop, TA and Lunnon, Helen (2017) The parish churches of Norwich north of the River Wensum: city, community, architecture and antiquarianism. Church Archaeology, 18. pp. 1-20.

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    Abstract

    Norwich Ultra Aquam (‘over the water’) formed a discrete leet or administrative area within the medieval city. At its heart was an Anglo-Scandinavian defensive enclosure, with Coslany lying to the west, and later suburban developments to the north and east. Evidence from topographic, dedicatory, archaeological and inter-parochial relationships, suggests that the pattern of church foundation was both complex and distinctive. Unlike several parishes south of the river, there are no indications that the early phases of Ultra Aquam church foundations were the initiative of senior ecclesiastics, or had specifically royal connections. Rather, they were local projects responding to the manner in which the city was developing. Later in the Middle Ages monastic interest on the north bank increased but several of the churches remained in secular hands. Patronage, whether lay or ecclesiastical, played a key part in their architectural development; St Michael Coslany and St George Colegate in particular received considerable burgess investment. The rich antiquarian tradition in the city provides a record of attitudes to the churches in the post-Reformation period which has to be understood in terms of priorities that changed over time.

    Item Type: Article
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
    Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
    University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
    Depositing User: Pure Connector
    Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 13:00
    Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019 00:56
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/61106
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