Record Details

NHER Number:26201
Type of record:Building
Name:City Hall, St Peter's Street

Summary

City Hall was built in 1932-38 by C. H.James and S. R. Pierce. It should go down in history as the foremost English public building between the wars. This grand structure occupies an enviable position overlooking the market place and is made from brick with stone dressings, although the lower two storeys are entirely made from stone. The building has five storeys with a tower to right-hand side. The central entry has six polygonal columns above rising from the first floor balcony and supporting entabulature. The triple doors and steps up are flanked by lions, although these were purchased and not part of the original design. The square clock tower is topped with a square cupola and finial.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 22843 08512
Map Sheet:TG20NW
Parish:NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK

Full description

City Hall. 1932-38 by C. H. James and S. R. Pierce. Brick with stone dressings, lower two storeys of stone. Flat roof. Five storeys with tower to rigth hand side. Twenty-five fourth floor windows. Central entry with six polygonal columns above rising from the first floor balcony and supporting entabulature. Triple doors and steps up flanked by lions. Metal casement windows with glazing bars throughout. Small semi-circular balconies in penultimate end bays with small fanlights above doors. The three end bays project. Parapet. Square clock tower topped with square cupola and finial.
Details from listed building description.

The Lions - one was purchased at the British Empire Exhibition 1936; made by Alfred Hardiman. The other was copied from it. They were not part of the original design.

See file for photograph of Georgian house demolished to build the City Hall and other press cuttings (S1), (S2), (S3), (S4), (S5), (S6), (S7) and (S8).
T. Sunley (NLA) 25 October 2007.

May 2007. Listing amended from Grade II to Grade II*.
See (S9) for further information.
A. Cattermole (NLA), 20 August 2010.

2008. Norwich HEART.
One of the finest municipal buildings of the inter-war period in England. Under guidance from Robert Atkinson and RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects), an architectural competition for the building was held. The winning design was by C. H. James and S. Rowland Pierce. City Hall holds the largest clock bell in the United Kingdom, with the deepest tone in East Anglia. Much of the interior is art deco in style. King George VI opened City Hall in 1938 to the largest gathering of crowds Norwich had ever seen.
See (S10) and (S11) for information.
D. Gurney (NLA), 27 January 2009.

Monument Types

  • TOWN HALL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG2208 AJ.
---Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. TG2208/ACJ - ACU.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. TG 2308BFL - BFP, BFR.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1999. TG 2208ADF - AEE; TG 2308BFU - BFV.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 2308BDY - BEA.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. & Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2008. A Big Celebration For Historic City Landmark. 9 October.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2008. Saluting City's Hall of Fame. 25 October.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. The Norwich 12. 2 February.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Wander your way through 1,000 years of city history - Norwich 12.. 24 June 2010.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Norwich: Down memory lane.. 1 September.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2011. Norwich: A city of Heritage.. 1 September.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 12 Oct 2005.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 15 Apr 2000.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 28 Oct 1998.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 30 Apr 1997.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2 Jan 1998.
<S6>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 15 Mar 2000.
<S7>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 19 Nov 1999.
<S8>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 27 Oct 1998.
<S9>Scheduling record: English Heritage. 2007. Amendment to the List of Buildings of Architectural or Historic Interest..
<S10>Monograph: Sheehan, B.. 2008. Norwich 12: A journey through the English city..
<S11>Projected and video material: Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART). 2008. Norwich 12. A journey through the English city.. DVD.

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