Record Details

NHER Number:26395
Type of record:Building
Name:Theatre Royal

Summary

The present theatre has 1930s Art Deco features and is located on the site of the 18th century theatre. In 1991 a post medieval boundary wall at the southwest angle of the building was demolished. This wall contained a number of medieval limestone carvings including tracery and a bishop's head stop. In 2005 plans were formulated to rennovate the theatre sometime in the near future.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2276 0834
Map Sheet:TG20NW
Parish:NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK

Full description

On site of 18th century theatre, present building stated in (S1) to have 1930s Art Deco features.

December 1991. Recording by NAU of wall at southwest angle of building before demolition.
Judged to be a boundary wall, perhaps of Dissolution date, and containing a number of limestone carvings including tracery and a bishop's head stop. See report (S2) in file.
NB. The wall is exactly at the location where 50in Ordnance Survey marks 'site of chapel (antiquity)'. Is this a coincidence for an inaccurate locating of the Chapel-in-the-Field?
E. Rose (NLA) 19 March & 21 July 1992.

December 2005.
Plans for redevelopment of this building reported in (S3).
A. Cattermole (NLA) 22 August 2006.

See other press cuttings (S4), (S5), (S6) and (S7) in file.
T. Sunley (NLA) 30 October 2007.

Monument Types

  • THEATRE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WALL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: GWQ.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. TG2208/ACJ, ACL, ACP - ACU.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Fiche: Exists.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1991. Royal's past glories revealed. 19 June.
<S2>Unpublished document: Forrest K. Jun 1992. NAU Report No. 54. Excavation and Survey Report at the Theatre Royal, Norwich.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2005. 'Ugliest' theatre to be reborn. 3 December.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1992. Vast change of scenery for theatre reopening. 4 November.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1992. Mystery find at theatre. 23 June.
<S6>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1992. Major changes that create 'a new theatre'. 4 September.
<S7>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1992. Theatre find is piece of history. 13 February.

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