A new viaduct for Norwich?

A new viaduct for Norwich?

I’ve just found out about a radical proposal to solve road traffic congestion on Riverside. This huge viaduct would run from Bracondale over the top of the station and on to Thorpe Road. But don’t panic – it’s never likely to be built. It’s in the City of Norwich Plan for 1945. I’m researching Norwich’s […]

The Colegate story: all is revealed…

The Colegate story: all is revealed…

More than a thousand years of #Norwich’s history is crammed into Colegate, and that’s the story I shared at Norfolk Network’s Colegate Christmas party. My self-imposed challenge was to tell the story in just eight locations (all clearly visible today) and to invite you to imagine the people who’ve lived and worked here, making our […]

The Colegate story: one more sneak peek

The Colegate story: one more sneak peek

Here’s another quick look, before we reveal the whole story at Norfolk Network’s Colegate Christmas party tomorrow. This grand townhouse was built for wealthy textile merchants around 1730. It wasn’t just a lovely family home, with a big riverside garden – it was the hub of their business: showrooms, workshops and warehouses were clustered around […]

The Colegate story: sneak peek

The Colegate story: sneak peek

Work in progress: here’s a sneak peek at a detail of the Colegate story in Norwich. It’s part of a map showing a tour of Colegate and its historic buildings, which I’ve been developing with specialist visualiser JC3DVIS. Guess where it is… a clue: you can eat very well there nowadays but it used to […]

What our East of England MEPs really think about the Eurozone

What our East of England MEPs really think about the Eurozone

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Business, East of England, Writing

What do our MEPs and business really think about Europe? It turns out that there’s a strong view in favour of staying in Europe (more than 90 per cent of local businesses think that leaving Europe would be bad for business). I’ve been interviewing our local MEPs for their views on Europe and the Eurozone, […]

Is there a high street renaissance?

Is there a high street renaissance?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Business, East of England, Writing

I’m researching a story about the fate of the high street and quickly discovered that it’s not all doom and gloom here in the East of England. But some cities and towns are much more successful than others. It’s not enough to have a wonderful historic centre; there’s got to be more to it than […]