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Princes Street URC, Norwich
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Street URC, Norwich
This thoroughly urban United Reformed Church is shoehorned into its site on the corner of narrow Princes Street and Redwell Street, facing across to St Peter Hungate, now home to the Hungate Medieval Art centre. The yellow brick frontage is Classical in style, with three bays under a simple pediment, with the church's other buildings ranging westwards and making an imposing second entrance on the corner. The frontage was redone in the 1990s with the insertion of glass doors, opening up a pleasing vista from the street to the Father Willis organ at the far end, although in fact this church is open to wanderers most mornings.
It was built in 1869 as Princes Street Congregational church to the designs of the major Norwich architect Edward Boardman, who was a member of the congregation here. The extended range to the west is of a decade later, the note of gravitas arising, perhaps, from non-conformism's increasing influence in this poor district.
Simon Knott, January 2011
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