Royal Arcade, Norwich

ChelseaBlue

Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

The forerunners of today’s shopping malls were the Victorian arcades, covered avenues of shops in the centre of towns. Norwich has perhaps one of the finest, designed by local architect George Skipper in 1899

The Royal Arcade was built on the site of an old inn, The Angel. Later it became The Royal Hotel, and in 1846 Joseph Stannard rebuilt the Gentlemans Walk entrance

When Skipper created the Royal Arcade 53 years later, he retained the frontage, only altering the ground floor entrance, which gives little indication of the Art Nouveau extravaganza that lies inside

The 247 foot long avenue follows the shape of the yard of the old inn it replaced, and originally contained 24 shops with their bow fronted windows, plus a pub and a club room. When built there was only natural light in the arcade itself. In the 1950’s fluorescent strip lighting was added. Fortunately these were replaced in a restoration of the arcade in the late 1980’s by the wrought-iron and glass lamps we see today, which blend in well with the feel of the arcade

The bow shaped shop fronts with their rich timber contrast well with the tiling, but while you are looking around the shops take time to look above the shop fronts for a series of tiles designed by W.J. Neatby and made by Doulton with designs of peacocks and flowers & fruit

Shot taken with a Nikon Coolpix L100 Compact Digital Camera

Acknowledgment to http://www.oldcity.org.uk/norwich/tours/arcade for the above information

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