Experts take action to stop part of Norwich’s City Walls from falling down

Scaffolding surrounds part of Norwich's city wall. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Scaffolding surrounds part of Norwich's city wall. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Part of Norwich's medieval City Walls has been covered in scaffolding, as experts take action to prevent the historic landmark from falling down.

The work is being done on a stretch of the walls in Barn Road, near the bottom of Grapes Hill, to ensure the arches on that section remain intact.

Brick supports which sit under two arches are having to be rebuilt, while a third arch, which collapsed some years ago will have to be rebuilt to stop another section of the wall from collapsing.

A spokeswoman for Norwich City Council said: 'Maintenance work is being carried out to the city walls on Barn Road to conserve the remains of the three arches in this section.

'This is part of the council's ongoing commitment to preserving the city's important heritage assets and is being carried out through its Heritage Partnership Agreement with English Heritage.'

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Volunteers from civic watchdog The Norwich Society, along with Norwich HEART (Heritage, Economic and Regeneration Trust) and one of Norwich City Council's conservation officers, have been working on a study of the state of the walls, with a report due to be published this year.

Two years ago, a tower on part of the City Walls was revealed for the first time in years, following demolition work at the site of an old printworks in Magpie Road.

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The tower was in a very poor condition and the face had been almost completely stripped away.

Following consultation between Norwich City Council and English Heritage, it was agreed to rebuild the tower staying true to its ruined appearance and to preserve it for generations to come.

A total of 80 tonnes of flint, sand and lime went into reconstructing the remains, which now stand as a reminder of the city's history in the north of Norwich.

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