Norwich

Trip Start Aug 06, 1972
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Trip End Sep 24, 1972


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Monday, August 21, 1972

Monday 21st August 1972 - Norwich

To get to Norwich we were going to go mainly along the coast. At an inland town, Little Walsingham we stopped at to see the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. When you get inside the entrance of a shrine or church it immediately makes you quiet. In a basin was some 'holy water' which we drank. In bottles which were provided we filled them with the holy water. Around the corner was the well with a statue of Mary and Jesus above it. In the shrine itself Mary was above the altar and the whole room was filled with candles. It made you awed. The shrine has 16 chapels. As we were walking around the place we saw the crown of thorns. A lady in Walsingham said she saw the Virgin Mary three times and that Mary told her to build this shrine. A well appeared on the spot and is still here today filled with the holy water.

The next stop was at a seaside town called Cromer. At Cromer Parish Church we climbed the tower which is the highest in Norfolk. It is 160 ft. and has 171 steps. As we were climbing up there was a window showing the bell ropes and a couple of flights up were the enormous bells. There were about 8 bells. At the top we could see the sea stretching out for miles and the pier. Inland was a golf course and the town itself. As I climbed up the steps I didn’t get the same ancient feeling as I did when I climbed the steep winding steps in Cambridge. A small village that we passed had a pond with reeds and two white swans swimming serenely along. It was really beautiful to see it by the roadside. We stopped at another seaside town called Overstrand for something to eat. From the road we saw this magnificent Tudor house. The poles along the veranda of the house had swirls everywhere. In a town we saw a church with a thatched roof and a bus stop. All along the roadside occasionally we see milestones. They are usually a triangular shape and painted white. Once we saw one about 3 feet high.

When we arrived in Norwich we looked for a place to stay for the night. We didn’t have much luck but eventually found a place by the Wensum River. It was called Riverview Motel. After we put our ports in we went to look around Norwich. The place we went to was Norwich Cathedral. The spire is very distinct rising from the ground for 360 ft. In the south-eastern part of the church are the flying buttresses which hold the walls together. The are like huge fans. The stained glass windows are enormous and so rich in colour. The ceiling is so long, high and beautiful. There are pictures of saints and all religious people on the roof. To give you a better look at the ceiling there is a mirror in which you look. The organ is a great mass of pipes. The nave is cut off from the choir by a wall. The choir is lighted by lots of candles. It is a really beautiful church.

We then went for dinner at a Chinese place. It was lovely! After dinner we went for a twilight walk by the river by the yacht station where lots of boats were moored. In a little inlet on the opposite side were two beautiful white swans swimming around and their baby cygnets were in the inlet. They were grey and white and it was really beautiful. Further up we walked across this old bridge which was built in 1340. A battle was fought near it in 1540. The river was so serene and lovely. We then walked home.
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