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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

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey, my pleasure

    – ChelseaBlue

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

  • Thanks for stopping by Gina

    – ChelseaBlue

  • Ray Yang
    Ray Yangover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image, nice mood!

  • Very nice of you to comment, thank you

    – ChelseaBlue

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 4 years ago

    Hey Gordon, good image

  • Thanks Mark, nice of you to stop by

    – ChelseaBlue

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature on 10/09/10

  • Thanks Dave, appreciated

    – ChelseaBlue

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayover 4 years ago

    I love those buildings, they inspire me very much. I love to take my time and look every where. Very well captured and perspective. congrats on the feature :)

  • Thank you for your kind comments, much appreciated

    – ChelseaBlue

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownabout 4 years ago

    A great shot!

  • Thanks Barbara

    – ChelseaBlue

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