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Norwich Heart, Heritage Economic & Regeneration Trust

Harry Watson Bursary

About Harry Watson 



Harry Watson was elected to Norwich City Council in 1982 and served as Deputy Leader for many years. He was Lord Mayor of Norwich between 1997-1998, a Trustee of the Town Close Estate Charity, Director of the Norfolk and Norwich Heritage Trust and Chairman of the Norwich Preservation Trust. He was also a key figure in the Salvation Army and a member of the Cathedral Council, the Christian Socialist Movement and Chairman of the Norwich Church Novi Sad Group.  A well-respected Councillor, Harry worked tirelessly for the city of Norwich and was a passionate advocate for its heritage resources.

When Harry died on 9 May 2004 after a long illness, tributes poured in for the popular and hard-working Harry. More than 500 of his friends and colleagues crowded into the Norwich Citadel for his memorial service.


About the Harry Watson Bursary

As a fitting tribute to Harry's memory, and endorsed by his family and close colleagues, the Harry Watson Heritage Education Bursary has been established by Norwich HEART. The Bursary provides annual grants for research on aspects of the history of the city or for the undertaking of specific heritage projects.

The Bursary is managed by Norwich HEART and administered by the School of History at the University of East Anglia. Funding for the Bursary is provided on an annual basis by HEART, Norwich City Council and the Town Close Charity. 

To learn more about the Bursary or to find out how to make an application contact Nick Williams at HEART -, or call 01603 305575.


Summary of Awards made by the Harry Watson Bursary since 2007

Sir Thomas Browne website

A new website from the Thomas Browne Project which looks at the life and work of Sir Thomas Browne - physician, philosopher, alchemist, botanist and all-round experimental thinker who lived in Norwich for most of his adult life. The website has been funded by contributions from The John Jarrold Trust, Town Close Trust and The Harry Watson Bursary.

Bracondale - Stories from a Norwich Street

'Bracondale – Stories from a Norwich Street' reveals the story of the street's early role as a track leading from the river up the hill to Norwich, into Bracondale's development during the nineteenth century when it became one of the city's most prestigious addresses. This beautifully illustrated book is written by those who know it best – the people who live there – and has been published by the Bracondale History Group.

Norwich: City of Industries by Nick Williams

Nick Williams' book explores the former industries, companies and figures key to Norwich's prosperity during the city's industrial history. Focusing on the textile industry, shoe-making, brewing, food manufacture, engineering and the Norwich drapers, Nick's work examines those who have left their mark securely in the city's rich heritage through their innovation, prosperity and successes.


Aspects of Greater Norwich

Published by the University of the Third Age this is a collaborative project resulting in a 40 page booklet featuring seven articles by different authors on subjects ranging from the Dove Street Fire of 1898 to the unsung churches of Norwich.


Robert Toppes, Medieval Mercer of Norwich by Richard Matthew

This is a major work of research and interpretation of the life of Toppes, an important merchant in medieval Norwich, whose trading hall at Dragon Hall in King Street is one of the city's tourist attractions.


Concert of music written by Norwich-born composers

A rather unusual award was to support a concert at the United Reformed Church in Prince's Street during the Heritage Open day weekend in September 2012.


The Divine Delinquent - Bishop Hall of Norwich by David Berwick

The tormented life of Joseph Hall who suffered for his beliefs during the English Civil War during his time as Bishop of Norwich.


History of the Norwich Magistracy by Dick Meadows and Geoff Evans

A record of the Norwich Magistrates going back 650 years, written in the year it was subsumed into a county wide bench. A rare insight into the administration of the law within the City of Norwich.


100 Years - The Story of the Norwich Players and the Creation of the Maddermarket Theatre

A lavishly illustrated history celebrating the centenary of the Norwich Players and of their current home at Norwich's much loved Maddermarket Theatre.


Cunningham's Map of Norwich by Matthew Champion

A carefully researched account of William Cunningham and his map of Norwich regarded as a ground breaking work of cartography when it was printed in the sixteenth century. This document is available to download.


Pockthorpe information board at the Norwich Puppet Theatre

Compiled by Dale Wiseman, the board provides background history on the old Pockthorpe area and has been placed in the Puppet Theatre, which is housed in the former St James Church.


History of the church of St Laurence by Roy Tricker

Written by well known church historian Roy Tricker this booklet is an attractively produced history of another of Norwich's redundant churches which stands in St Benedicts Street.


History of the Norwich Snap by Peter Salt

A fascinating short history of the Norwich Snap dragon which has featured in civic ritual and the annual street collection for many years.


The History of St Peter Hungate by Kirsty Way

A brief history of the church of St Peter Hungate in Prince's Street one of Norwich many deconsecrated churches which is now a centre for the study of mediaeval art.


The Black Death in Norwich by Frank Meeres

Written by local historian Frank Meeres this is a detailed account of the impact of the Black Death in Norwich during the medieval period. 


Reactions to Radicalism in Norwich 1788 - 1803 by Ian Smith

An account by Ian Smith of the period when Norwich was known as the 'Jacobean City' on account of its radical politics during and after the French revolution. This document is available to download.


The Ecclesiastical History of the Parish of St Peter Parmentergate

Edited by Mary Rogers the history is a collection of articles written by W H Hudson, the noted Norwich antiquarian, on the history of the parish when he was the vicar there during the late 1800s.


The Blackfriars Halls

A website which provides an insight and a 3D animation of Blackfriars Hall in Norwich, part of the country's only surviving medieval priory complex. It can be viewed at


A History of Doughty's Hospital by Nigel Goose and Leanne Moden

A history of Doughty's, one of Norwich's oldest almshouses which continues to provide accommodation and support to older people today.


The Norwich Shawl by Helen Hoyte

An illustrated history of the shawls made in Norwich during the latter part of the nineteenth century following the demise of the city's textile trade.


Made in Norwich - 700 Years of Textile Heritage by Thelma Morris

This history of what was the city's most important industry for hundreds of years is a detailed and thorough account of what was made and the techniques involved. It contains appendices listing the many cloths made and the major manufacturers.


The Great Hospital

The bursary made an award toward the development of a web-based guide to the medieval history and buildings of one of England's oldest hospitals. For more details see