History explorer: The Norman conquest

Professor David Bates and Spencer Mizen visit Norwich Castle to discover how the people of England adapted to life under their new masters…

Norwich castle

This article was first published in the September 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine

It’s hard to imagine the Norwich skyline without its great Norman keep. It’s there – staring imposingly down on you from atop its lofty motte – when you step out into the city from its bus station. It’s there as you pick your way through Norwich’s market place, the so-called French borough. It’s even there, in the middle distance, as you approach the city’s other triumph of Norman architecture, Norwich Cathedral.

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