Norwich and the Medieval Parish Church c.900 – 2017 – The Making of a Fine City

17-18 June 2017, The Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral Hostry (Followed by walking tours and site visits in Norwich on 19 June)

The Medieval Parish Churches of Norwich: city, community and architecture research project welcomed 110 people to Norwich Cathedral Hostry for a three-day study of Norwich and the Medieval Parish Church. Thirteen papers were presented during the first two days, covering a date range of the 11th to 21st centuries. On Saturday evening drinks were enjoyed in the cool of the cloister, and finally, on a sweltering June Monday, over 50 delegates visited 10 of the 31 standing churches during a tour led by the research team. Thank you to all who attended and contributed to this most enjoyable and successful event. To see the programme and read the abstracts, please follow the link:

Norwich and the Medieval Parish Church Conference Programme and Abstracts.pdf


Conference Booking Information

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Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral Hostry

We are delighted to announce details of the research project’s forthcoming conference. All 58 churches, whether existing, ruined or lost, are included in the scope of the project, which seeks insight into how the medieval city developed topographically, architecturally and socially. The Project is intended to reveal the interdependent relationship between city, community and architecture showing how people and places shaped each other during the middle ages. The conference (supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Purcell) will present the medieval parish churches of Norwich in their immediate local context and in the broader framework of urban churches in Britain and northern Europe. The subject range will include documentary history, the architectural fabric of the buildings themselves and their place in the topography of Norwich, the development of the churches’ architecture and furnishings, the representation of the churches and their post-Reformation history.

Conference fee: £50 per delegate | £40 per student delegate (limited number of places available). The conference fee includes refreshments and sandwich lunch on both days, and a drinks reception in Norwich Cathedral cloister on Saturday evening.St Laurence clerestory

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Booking enquiries, including alternative ways to book: please contact Katie Scales (

For further information, including provisional programme: Conference provisional programme and booking information

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