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Learn about the Royal Arcade’s history at illustrated talk in Brundall

Royal Arcade, Norwich. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Royal Arcade, Norwich. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Norwich’s Royal Arcade opened in 1899 bringing its colour, glamour, and a touch of the Arabian Nights to the city.

Now the story of this remarkable shopping structure, a partnership between George Skipper, architect of Surrey House and Jarrold’s, and the ceramicist William Nearby, will be told in an illustrated talk by David Bussey.

The arcade originally had 24 shops, the Arcade Stores pub and the Conservative Club. From 1986 to 1991 it underwent restoration work which included the floor being replaced and new lighting added.

Today it is home to some of the city’s finest independent boutiques. Until recently, it also was home to the Colman’s Mustard Museum.

Mr Bussey’s illustrated talk, organised by the Brundall Local History Group, takes place on Thursday, May 17 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall. Members free, non-members £2.50.


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