What is your favourite Norwich building? City of Stories campaign looks at architecture as photo challenge is set

Norfolk and Norwich lives up to its "big skies" reputation as the sun sets over Norwich.PHOTO BY SIM

Norfolk and Norwich lives up to its "big skies" reputation as the sun sets over Norwich.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

The curious buildings of Norwich take centre stage this week, as a campaign urges people to hear their stories.

The Assembly House in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

The Assembly House in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

From Samson and Hercules house, built on an old plague burial site where more than 5,000 victims were buried, to the buildings of Elm Hill hit by a disastrous fire in 1507, there is much to tell about the Fine City's architecture.

And as the City of Stories campaign moves into its second week – entitled Spires and Ziggurats – we want to know your favourite buildings, and see your photos of Norwich architecture taken from a unique perspective.

The 12-week campaign is organised by Visit Norwich, funded by a string of sponsors, including Norwich BID, and is backed by the Evening News.

It aims to attract more visitors to the city and to encourage locals to enjoy what's on their doorstep.

Picture of St Peter Mancroft Church reflection on The Forum in the winter sun.Photo: Angela SharpeCo

Picture of St Peter Mancroft Church reflection on The Forum in the winter sun.Photo: Angela SharpeCopy: For: EDPEDP pics © 2004(01603) 772434 - Credit: Archant © 2004


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To kick-start the conversation about Norwich's buildings, we asked Mike Loveday, (pictured), chief executive of Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART), to share stories about some of Norwich's most iconic buildings.

He picked Surrey House, the Guildhall, the Assembly House and The Forum.

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'Perhaps the strap-line for Norwich architecture should be 'what you see isn't what you get' since quite often the outward view and impression disguises something very different inside, beneath or way back in the site's history,' he said. 'The same applies to the overall impression of the city. You see, fairly obviously, the Anglican Cathedral and castle but generally miss unique and quite astonishing heritage sites that disguise themselves in the urban landscape.'

To help people discover Norwich's architecture, City of Stories is hosting tours of Norwich Cathedral.

Following an expert guide, you can discover the stories that have shaped this famous cathedral, from the bloody riots of 1272 to the arrival of the peregrine falcons that live at the top of its spire. The tours are free, and there is a maximum limit of 20 people per tour so places must be booked.

Tours will take place tomorrow at 1pm, and Wednesday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. To book your place, see www.facebook.com/norwichcityofstories

Heritage Open Days will also be held from September 11 to 14, with more than 200 events across Norfolk co-ordinated by HEART.

For further details and to book places, see www.heritagecity.org/events-festival/hods/heritage-open-days-2014-event-booking.html

Photo challenge

We want to see your photos of Norwich architecture taken from a unique perspective. The best submissions will be printed next week/ Email yours to samuel.russell@archant.co.uk

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