Celebrations as Norwich’s original mall enters its 25th year

Castle Mall celebrates its 25th year of opening. Customers got to meet special guest Peppa Pig.
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Castle Mall celebrates its 25th year of opening. Customers got to meet special guest Peppa Pig. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

It was the product of 13 years of design and planning - and four years of construction. And Norwich's original mall celebrated entering its 25th year over the weekend.

Castle Mall celebrates its 25th year of opening. Marketing manager Gemma Hyde with special guest Pep

Castle Mall celebrates its 25th year of opening. Marketing manager Gemma Hyde with special guest Peppa Pig. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Castle Mall opened its doors in September 1993 and prompted international interest in its multi-level underground setup. Some of the shops included in the original floor plan still call it home today, including Boots, Argos, and Vision Express.

Nowadays it boasts the Vue cinema and a new set of restaurant units have been built, in a development known as The Terrace. However, it is still not clear when these may open. On Saturday children were treated to party bags and cake - and got to meet Peppa Pig.

Centre manager Robert Bradley said: 'Having recently returned to the centre, I can see how far it has come over the decades and I am so excited to celebrate and then get cracking with more fantastic events to continue to stamp Castle Mall as a huge part of Norwich.'

Castle Mall celebrates its 25th year of opening. Handing out cakes to cutomers.
Picture: ANTONY KELL

Castle Mall celebrates its 25th year of opening. Handing out cakes to cutomers. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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Castle Mall celebrates its 25th year of opening. Customers got to meet special guest Peppa Pig.
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Castle Mall celebrates its 25th year of opening. Customers got to meet special guest Peppa Pig. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Castle Mall celebrates its 25th year of opening. Customers got to meet special guest Peppa Pig.
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Castle Mall celebrates its 25th year of opening. Customers got to meet special guest Peppa Pig. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Scale model of the Castle Mall, date unknown Photo: Archant library

Scale model of the Castle Mall, date unknown Photo: Archant library - Credit: Archant library

Construction of Castle Mall in March 1990. Photo: Archant library

Construction of Castle Mall in March 1990. Photo: Archant library - Credit: Archant library

Inside Castle Mall, August 1992. Photo: Archant library

Inside Castle Mall, August 1992. Photo: Archant library - Credit: Archant library

Model of the proposed Castle Mall development, January 1988. Photo: Archant library

Model of the proposed Castle Mall development, January 1988. Photo: Archant library - Credit: Archant library

Aerial view of the Castle Mall archaeological dig, July 1990. Photo: Archant library

Aerial view of the Castle Mall archaeological dig, July 1990. Photo: Archant library - Credit: Archant library

Artist's impression of the Castle Mall development, date unknown. Photo: Archant library

Artist's impression of the Castle Mall development, date unknown. Photo: Archant library - Credit: Archant library

Castle Mall, date unknown Photo: Archant library

Castle Mall, date unknown Photo: Archant library - Credit: Archant library

Castle Mall floor plan in 1993. Photo: Archant library

Castle Mall floor plan in 1993. Photo: Archant library - Credit: Archant library

Construction of Castle Mall in February 1990. Photo: Archant library

Construction of Castle Mall in February 1990. Photo: Archant library - Credit: Archant library

Castle Mall development, September 1990. Photo: Archant library

Castle Mall development, September 1990. Photo: Archant library - Credit: Archant library

Castle Mall development, August 1990. Photo: Archant library

Castle Mall development, August 1990. Photo: Archant library - Credit: Archant library

Castle Mall development, February 1992. Photo: Archant library

Castle Mall development, February 1992. Photo: Archant library - Credit: Archant library

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