St Paul

The church of St Paul was built on open land on the north-eastern edge of the city in about 1120. It was part of a ‘hospital’ run by the cathedral priory to serve the poor and infirm and remained in their hands until after the Reformation. The round western tower was part of the original building and the foundations of the nave and chancel were probably part of the early ground plan. There was never a chancel arch, the width of the nave being continued through to the east end. A porch was later provided in front of the south door, and a north aisle was added in the fifteenth century. The window tracery of the nave and aisle also dates from this period. The church was restored in 1870, badly bombed in 1942 and later demolished.

Screen in St Paul's Church Norwich, J.S. Cotman. Courtesy of Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery/Norfolk Museums Service

Screen in St Paul’s Church Norwich, J.S. Cotman. Courtesy of Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery/Norfolk Museums Service

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