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St Michael Conesford, Norwich
Michael Conesford, Norwich
Not unnaturally, St Michael did not survive the Reformation, and King Street in the 18th and 19th century became a rundown area of riverside industry and warehousing. The area was heavily bombed in the Second World War, and in the clearances afterwards some medieval tomb tracery was found in the rubble. When this warehouse was built in 1970, the tracery was set in the wall above a plaque recalling St Michael.
King Street is now the heart of a regeneration zone, and this warehouse is empty, soon to be demolished. In its place will be social housing and artisans workshops, as life is brought back to the south of the city centre. Hopefully a place will be found for this slim memory of St Michael and the days of monastic Conesford.
Simon Knott, November 2005
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