Dragon Hall in ruins

Local History Study Group

Why is it called ‘Howard House’? Where was Synagogue Street? What was the Argyle Street Alternative Republic? Where did Pink Floyd perform in King Street? Which member of the Boleyn family owned property in King Street? Who was Fag Ash Lil?

If you’re interested in finding the answers our Study Group might be for you.

What do we do?

Our aim is to provide an informal and friendly forum for discussion of local history from the earliest times to today, largely related to the King Street area. The area is rich in historical material, from Jurnet's house (aka Wensum Lodge) to Dame Julian to Boulton and Paul's works. It has been researched and written about extensively over many decades so there is a lot of material available. But most of us are only aware of some of it. So our main aim is to bring some of this material to light and to build up a corpus of knowledge and references all related to our area.

Our Meetings

We meet monthly in Dragon Hall, courtesy of the Writers’ Centre, for about 90 minutes when two or three members of the group give a short presentation about a building, person, event etc. followed by discussion and questions. There is no formal membership or subscription and we are open to anyone interested in the history of this area and Norwich generally. We do not expect any original research as there is so much material in the library or on line. We can offer suggestions for topics and help with sources of information.

Who are we?

The Group originated in the Dragon Hall Heritage Volunteers but we also welcome any King Street area residents and any other interested people. The area’s population is soon to be greatly expanded by the development of St Anne's Wharf and we hope to contribute to building the local community.

Links to other local history organisations, sites and resources