Dragon Hall goes back in Norwich history for Continuity and Change: A Picture of King Street

By Ben Miller | 14 March 2011
A black and white photo of two workers moving equipment in an outdoor factory
Workers in the old AE Plumstead factory on King Street, just opposite Dragon Hall© Vic and Hugh Redington
Exhibition: Continuity and Change: A Picture of King Street, Dragon Hall, Norwich, March 22-31 2011

The Dragon Hall in Norwich may be intrinsically linked with its Medieval past, but the past century has also been one full of change for the ancient building and the surrounding King Street landscape.

Once the city’s richest thoroughfare, the area teemed with industry and housing at the start of the 20th century, with Dragon Hall lending itself to shops, pubs, a vicarage and flats as the decades drew on.

A black and white photo of a tall building on a street in the 1930s
A wrecked and boarded up Dragon Hall in the 1930s© Norman Bacon
Engineering, shipping and retail all came and left, including less welcome visits from bombers during World War II, when the hall was wrecked.

Archive films and photographs aims to provide a living history of King Street, augmented by more recent snaps and interviews illustrating redevelopments which have positioned sleek modern architecture next to the timbers of history.

Continuity and Change is part of an oral history project aiming to capture the memories of people who have been a part of the story, aided by enthusiasts from the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society.

  • Open 10am-4pm. Admission £2.50.
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