The National Centre for Writing is based in the magnificent medieval Dragon Hall on King Street in Norwich. You can find out about what we do by clicking here.
There have been buildings on the site for more than a thousand years. Dragon Hall is a rare example of a medieval merchant’s trading complex, built in about 1430 by a merchant, Robert Toppes. Its centrepiece, the magnificent first floor trading hall, is 26 metres long, used more than 500 large oak timbers, was decorated with 15 dragons of Baltic oak and has a fine crown post roof. Its survival gives us the opportunity to appreciate the skills of the 15th century timber craftsmen.
The story of Dragon Hall is kept alive through the ongoing efforts of the independent Dragon Hall Heritage Volunteers. To find out more about the history of the building visit their website which is packed with fascinating information. Website
The Dragon Hall Heritage volunteers are a dedicated group of local historians and experienced tour guides who have been involved in interpreting and presenting the history of the Hall for many years. Their aim is to promote public access and knowledge of the Hall. They work in partnership with the National Centre for Writing particularly in helping raise funds for the maintenance of the building through tours.
If you are interested in history or old buildings, enjoy working with like-minded people, there may be a volunteering opportunity is for you. Get in touch
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