Norwich history is made with a new set of dazzling civic chains

Sonkai presented the new chains late last month

Sonkai presented the new chains late last month - Credit: Keiron Tovell

From Norwich Market to the city's literary credentials, civic chains tell the sparkling story of Norwich.

Civic chains detail - Norwich Castle motif

Civic chains detail - Norwich Castle motif - Credit: Keiron Tovell

On November 5 new civic chains will depict even more of that rich history. The Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich, who wear the piece at important events, will unveil the designs to the public this Saturday.

The current chains, created centuries ago in 1757 by Matthew Goss, a wealthy dyer and Freeman, remain an important piece of heritage. However, because of their size and weight they were uncomfortable to wear and were not practical for everyday use.

The new gold-plated, Sterling silver masterpieces were crafted by local goldsmith Sonkai. The jewellers won a bid for the commission and the chains were presented to the Lord Mayor and Sheriff last month.

The Freemen of Norwich and Norwich Town Close Estate Charity also covered the cost of the new chains.

The different motifs which feature on the new civic chains for the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich

The different motifs which feature on the new civic chains for the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich - Credit: Nic Donovan


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Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Marion Maxwell said: 'The Sheriff and I couldn't be more honoured to be the first, in what I hope will be a very long line of civics to wear these truly stunning new pieces of history.

'We would like to thank Sara Sweet, Craig Snape and their team at Sonkai for rising to the challenge of capturing the rich history of Norwich so beautifully, as well as the Freeman of Norwich and their Town Close Estate Charity for making this possible through their generosity.'

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The chains will be visible at an open event at Sonkai on Dove Street between 12 and 2pm.

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