How Norwich Market Place has Changed. The first market place. When it moved. Today’s market. The future.
The First Market. There was a thriving Saxon market in Norwich where produce was sold and trading went on. There was wood, pottery and leather was being sold. The pottery came from the Midlands and Rhinelands and the fur came from Scandanavia and from Russia. Flanders produced woollen cloth and herrings came from the north sea. This first market was built on tombland. Tombland meaning ‘unoccupied land’. This was at the crossroads between two settlements ‘Conesford’ and ‘Coslanye’.
The Norman Market. The Normans moved the market to where the outside market stands today. This took over from the Tombland and people from all over the country came and even people from abroad. The market began to build up its business. By 1300 the main market was situated from Guildhall Hill to almost St Stephens. By this time the market sold shoes vegetables, fish, meat, bread, cloth, livestock and many more commodities.
The Market Today. In 2004 -2005 the new Norwich market was being built and they finished it late 2005. It sells confectionary, drinks, ice-creams, stationary, clothing, mobile cases, meat, videos/DVDs as well as other commodities. The new market is situated in between Lloyds TSB Bank, the City Hall, Tesco Express, Jarrolds, Wallis (clothes shop) and the Royal Arcade.
Chapelfield Shopping Centre. Chapelfield Shopping Centre was built in 2005 and has now been running for over one year. Chapelfield sells food, clothes, books, stationery and many other commodities. It is also connected to one of the biggest department stores in Norwich. This is called the House of Fraser. If you walk all the way through it you would have walked just over one mile.