Watchdog calls for more than a hundred Norwich buildings to be protected from demolition
The do-gooders and preservationists have packed up their home-knitted muesli and their dog-eared editions of “Tree-Hugging: A Study” and are seeking to repeat in Norwich what was accomplished in Liverpool – A near moratorium on demolition.
Civic watchdogs have launched a new drive to help prevent Norwich’s rich heritage from being lost forever and have identified more than 100 locations around the city they think should be protected.
Schools, shops, pubs, houses, churches, libraries, factories, bridges and even County Hall, the headquarters of Norfolk County Council, are among the sites in Norwich which have been put forward for safeguarding.
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The Norwich Society has spent the past three years drawing up a list of the buildings and landmarks around Norwich in an attempt to prevent the fate which befell the Earl of Leicester pub from happening to other buildings.
To the dismay of many, the pub, in Dereham Road, was knocked down in 2005 to make way for flats, despite a last ditch effort to get it listed by English Heritage.
Six years down the line, and the flats which were meant to have been built in its place have still not been constructed, and the Norwich Society says lessons need to be learned.