Heriteage Open Days: The River is Wide?

Event date: 14th September, 2022

Join local historian and author Matthew Williams on an exploration of the history of flooding in Norwich and changes to the River Wensum over time through Norwich city centre.

Most rivers tend to widen as they go downstream, and the Wensum is no exception as it runs through the Broads area. But what about the bit passing through the city of Norwich? It is indeed wide in some places, but not in others, and why is this? The walk focuses on a civic masterplan, adopted following the Great Flood of 1912, which led to massive changes being made to river banks and bridges – but was enough done to avoid a repeat?

Meet halfway along Quayside, opposite Beckwith’s Court. From there, we will take a look at Whitefriar’s Bridge then make our way upstream, finishing 90 minutes later at New Mills.

Walk starts at 02:00PM

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