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St Peter Southgate, Norwich
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By the Victorian times, most of Conesford had given way to warehouses and factories, and the slum houses of the poor in St Julian and St Peter Parmentergate parishes. Here on the southern tip Norwich had expanded to engulf Lakenham, with its own parish churches, and the enthusuastic Victorians built St Mark only a couple of hundred metres from St Peter Southgate. This probably sounded its death-knell.
The photograph and engraving of the church here were kindly provided by John Sapey. Curiously, the Norwich Society plaque on the building records that it was demolished in the 1340s, which is obviously incorrect given the photographic and other evidence of its survival. Perhaps this date refers to an earlier rebuilding, but you'd think that someone would have noticed.
Simon Knott, December 2005
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