The subterranean conditions profoundly influence the shape and texture of Norwich today. Matthew Williams ranges beyond geology and archaeology to urban planning and even psychogeography to explore the city’s past, present and future, Among other aspects of city living, he considers whether Norwich really is riddled with tunnels, and makes the provocative claim that geology drives everything.
Contents: Introduction; Soil layers; Terrain; Surface drainage; Groundwater; A thousand years of activity; Raised ground; Lowered ground; Quarrying; Lost watercourses; Flooding in Norwich; Myths and their plausibility; Known tunnel systems; Causes of ground movement; Managing risk; The grain of the city; Psychogeology; Further reading; Index.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE JARROLDS/EDP EAST ANGLIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
‘This marvellous book’ – Norwich Society
‘Not an expensive book, just a very valuable one’ – Adrian Read
‘delves deeper than any other into the fascinating history of Norwich’ – Derek James, Eastern Evening News