6Norwich, East Anglia, is England's most complete medieval city, and a UNESCO World City of Literature. It has a population of approximately 132,000, and blends the historical with the contemporary. Rated as one of the UK’s safest cities, Norwich has cathedrals, a Norman castle, museums, and beautiful 1000-year-old architecture.
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The University of East Anglia is a top public research institution located in Norwich. It has a student population of 15,000, which includes more than 3,500 international students. It is consistently ranked as a top university for Student Satisfaction in the UK. UEA takes pride in being a green campus with great facilities. They offer several on-campus services and facilities, including restaurants, cafes, a post office, banks, and an athletic center.
The campus is within walking distance from the Norwich city center, and there is also a 24-hour bus service available on campus. The Norwich international airport is located near to campus and London is a two-hour train journey away.
Norwich is a city on the River Wensum in England. It is the regional administrative centre and county town of Norfolk. During the 11th century, Norwich was the largest city in England after London, and one of the most important places in the kingdom. Until the Industrial Revolution, Norwich was the capital of the most populous county in England and vied with Bristol as England's second city.
The Romans had their regional capital at Venta Icenorum on the River Tas, about 5 miles to the south of Norwich next to modern-day Caistor St Edmund. There are two suggested models of development for Norwich. It is possible that three separate early Anglo-Saxon settlements, one on the north of the river and two either side on the south, joined together as they grew or that one Anglo-Saxon settlement, on the north of the river, emerged in the mid-7th century after the abandonment of the previous three. The ancient city was a thriving centre for trade and commerce in East Anglia. At the time of the Norman Conquest the city was one of the largest in England. The Domesday Book states that it had approximately twenty-five churches and a population of between five and ten thousand. It also records the site of an Anglo-Saxon church in Tombland, the site of the Saxon market place and the later Norman cathedral. Norwich continued to be a major centre for trade, the River Wensum being a convenient export route to the River Yare and Great Yarmouth, which served as the port for Norwich. Quern stones, and other artefacts from Scandinavia and the Rhineland have been found during excavations in Norwich city centre which date from the 11th century onwards.
In 1174 Norwich was sacked by the Flemings. In 1216 the castle fell to Louis, Dauphin of France and Hildebrand's Hospital was founded. Ten years later the Fransiscan Friary and Dominican Friary were founded. In 1249 the Great Hospital was founded and the following year, the College of St Mary in the Field established. In 1256 Whitefriars founded and in 1266 the 'Disinherited' sacked Norwich. The city has the distinction of being the only English city ever to be excommunicated. The Etheldreda gate entrance to the Cathedral was constructed as penance by Norwich citizens. In 1278 the Cathedral received final consecration.
The engine of trade was wool from Norfolk's sheepwalks. Wool made England rich, and the staple port of Norwich "in her state doth stand With towns of high'st regard the fourth of all the land", as Michael Drayton noted in Poly-Olbion (1612). The wealth generated by the wool trade throughout the Middle Ages financed the construction of many fine churches; consequently, Norwich still has more medieval churches than any other city in Western Europe north of the Alps. Throughout this period Norwich established wide-ranging trading links with other parts of Europe, its markets stretching from Scandinavia to Spain and the city housing a Hanseatic warehouse. To organise and control its export to the Low Countries, Great Yarmouth, as the port for Norwich, was designated one of the staple ports under terms of the 1353 Statute of the Staple.
From 1280 to 1340 the city walls were built. At around two and a half miles long, these walls, along with the river, enclosed a larger area than that of the City of London. However, when the city walls were constructed it was made illegal to build outside them, inhibiting expansion of the city.Around this time, the city was made a county corporate and became capital of one of the most densely populated and prosperous counties of England.
In May 2012 Norwich was designated as England's first UNESCO City of Literature.
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