Love the Street evangelism training in Norwich
Fifty-seven parish churches have stood within the medieval city walls of Norwich. Twenty-seven of these have been lost over the years, many in the religious turmoil of the mid-16th century or during the air raids of World War II. However despite such dangers, thirty-one have survived which means that Norwich can boast the greatest concentration of medieval urban churches north of the Alps.
'The Medieval Churches of the Cathedral Quarter-Norwich Walking Trail' is the outcome of a three-month project by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Cultural Engagement Fund and Cultural Engagement Fellow, Dr Kristi Bain (UEA), and Professor T.A. Heslop (UEA).
The project intended to reveal the relationship between city, community, and architecture, by which people and places have shaped each other since the early Middle Ages. By focusing on Norwich’s medieval church buildings, their furnishings and imagery, the hope is that we can all better understand the city’s architectural and spiritual landscape.
The proposed aims for this project were to design and produce an academically rigorous and publically accessible churches trail to increase interest and footfall in the churches, businesses and other heritage sites of the city centre.
These medieval churches are not only significant for their architectural quality, the medieval furnishings and objects held within, but also for their inextricable relationship with the physical, social, and cultural character of the city.
Each church location is full of potential information – the siting of churches and churchyards relates to rivers and watercourses which in turn helped to define the parishes of the city, they take account of landscape features such as the hills and valleys of the medieval city, and they are frequently associated with early developments such as roads and adjacent buildings.
For more information on the project please visit the The Medieval Churches of Norwich website here.