The National Centre for Writing (formerly Writers’ Centre Norwich) is based in the magnificent medieval Dragon Hall, on King Street in Norwich.
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 carved 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.