The Old Courts and Yards of Norwich

A story of people, poverty and pride. Combining contemporary reports, newspaper articles and the memories of people who lived in Norwich in the 1930s, this book tells the fascinating history of the old courts and yards.

The Old Courts and Yards of Norwich

£9.95

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Categories: Norwich
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Description

For some the old courts and yards were the worst hell-holes in Norwich and needed to be razed to the ground.  For others they contained historic buildings and vibrant neighbourhoods which should have been preserved.  Who was right?

At the turn of the 20th century more than 10% of Norwich’s population lived in the old courts and yards.  Where were they located?  What happened to them? Where did the people move to when they were demolished?  Should they have been preserved?  What was it really like to live there?

Combining contemporary reports, newspaper articles and most importantly the views and memories of people who lived in Norwich in the 1930s, this book tells the fascinating history of the old courts and yards.  It is an account which is about so much more than bricks and mortar: it is also the story of the communities and individual who called them home.

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About The Author

Frances and Michael Holmes

We love living in Norwich and not only enjoy researching and documenting projects but also being able to share our work. We are the first to admit that we are more “enthusiasts” than historians and although we set ourselves high standards, we believe that such activity should be fun. As a team we can each work to our strengths which allows us to present our work in a variety of media: books, websites, presentations and film.

Michael has lived in Norwich all of his life, Frances arrived in 1983 for a year but could never find a good enough reason to leave! After a career in IT, Michael is the techie whilst Frances’ background, involving links with both the corporate and voluntary sectors, is used to good effect in organising and researching. We particularly enjoy meeting and working with a huge range of people from many different backgrounds and helping to preserve and promote Norwich’s rich heritage.

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