From the Norfolk Broads to Grime’s Graves - could these 10 sites make it onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List

PUBLISHED: 13:08 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:08 10 July 2017

A sailing boat on the River Bure near Horning, Norfolk Broads.

 Picture: James Bass

A sailing boat on the River Bure near Horning, Norfolk Broads. Picture: James Bass

James Bass © 2016

As the Lake District joins the likes of the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu to be awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, here are 10 sites across Norfolk which could one day meet the criteria.

The Guildhall, Norwich. 

Photo: Nick ButcherThe Guildhall, Norwich. Photo: Nick Butcher

1. Norfolk Broads: Made up of more than 120 miles of waterways, it once played a key role in the county’s peat production. Today it is popular with holidaymakers.

2. Grime’s Graves: A grassy lunar landscape near Thetford, which is made up of 400 pits. Excavations revealed them to be flint mines, dug over 5,000 years ago.

Norwich Market and Gentlemans Walk. Picture: ANTONY KELLYNorwich Market and Gentlemans Walk. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

3. Norwich Cathedral: Completed in 1145, the cathedral is one of the city’s most spectacular buildings. Its spire is said to be the second tallest in England.

4. Thetford Forest: Regarded as the UK’s largest man-made lowland forest, spanning 18,730 hectares, it was created after the First World War to help with a timber shortage.

5. Warham Camp: Spanning 212m in diameter, this little known circular fort was occupied during the Iron Age and into the Roman period up to 200AD.

6. Norwich Market: Founded in the 11th century, it is today one of the largest outdoor markets in England and is made up of almost 200 different stalls.

7. Norwich Guildhall: This historic listed building on Gaol Hill was constructed between 1407 and 1413, and served as the council chamber until 1938.

8. North Norfolk Coast: Also known as the Deep History Coast, it has led to several significant archeological finds, including the West Runton Mammoth.

9. Caistor Roman Town: Founded in 60AD, the town of Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund was the largest and most important Roman centre of northern East Anglia.

10. Castle Acre Priory: Located near King’s Lynn, It is one of the best preserved monastic sites in England, dating back to 1090. Was home to the first Cluniac order of monks.

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