The Blue Plaques of Norwich, provides insights into the remarkable people, fascinating places and innovations commemorated on the plaques that have contributed to Norwich's rich heritage legacy today. Local author Nick Williams (Sheriff of Norwich 2007/8) delves into the stories behind the people and buildings commemorated on the 39 plaques with a series of paintings, photographs and specially created illustrations bringing the stories to life.
Some, like the Britons Arms, are likely to be familiar, but others like Pablo Fanque (Britain's first black circus proprietor who inspired a Beatles' lyric) and Reverend Johannes Elison (a Dutch “Stranger” who came to Norwich and with his wife became the only English residents to have had their portraits painted by Rembrandt) are less well-known, but each has played a role in Norwich's history and has a story to tell.
The blue plaques were installed by Norwich HEART with the support of Norwich City Council in the Norwich Lanes, Cathedral Quarter and Castle areas of the city, as part of the organisation's programme to make information about the city's rich and varied cultural heritage more accessible to the general public.
HEART published the book as a follow-up to its award-winning and popular Norwich 12 guidebook, published in 2008, and local bestseller The Medieval Churches of the City of Norwich, which won the History and Tradition category of the 2010 EDP-Jarrold East Anglian Book Awards. The book's original and stunning design has been created by local designer Anne Reekie.
The 100-page full colour book is priced at £5.95 and is available now from stockists including: Jarrold, Waterstones Castle Street, Norwich Castle, Norwich Tourist Information Centre, Colman's Mustard Shop & Museum and Norwich Cathedral. I