City Hall archive photos

Archive photos showing a brief history of City Hall

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This perspective drawing, some 6 feet long, was given to the city in
1932 after architects Charles Holloway James and Stephen Rowland
Pierce won the competition to design City Hall.

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The site being cleared ahead of construction against the backdrop
of St Peter Mancroft Church.

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Norwich Castle overlooks the piles of rubble cover the site during
the vast clearance operation.

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Builders hard at work as the main structure of City Hall begins to
take shape beside the Guildhall.

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A row of shops in Bethel Street, long since demolished, can be
seen through the steel girders and scaffolding as the construction
work gathers apace.

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Scaffolding surrounds what would become
one of the most dominant and recognisable
features of the city skyline; the City Hall clock
tower as it nears completion.

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The clock tower bell, the largest of its kind
in the country, arrives on a lorry.

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A stone mason painstakingly chisels the
names of the city’s Lord Mayors into the
marble wall in the foyer.

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The 1936 Lord Mayor Councillor Riley lays the foundation stone at
the entrance.

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Illuminated façade of City Hall, with canopies
cover the seating two days before the official

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A view from Castle Mound of the newly completed building bathed
in light two days before the official opening.

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Photo courtesy of Archant Norfolk
Thousands of people gathered in bright sunshine to witness the
official opening of City Hall by King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth
– the largest gathering of people in the city’s history.


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