The History of Dragon Hall (Norfolk Makers Festival)

Wednesday 17 April
National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall
18.00 - 19.00

Join Richard Matthew from the Dragon Hall Heritage Volunteers for an illustrated talk on the history of Dragon Hall, and the 1,000 year occupation of its riverside site on King Street.

Learn about early dwellings on the site, reaching back to 1000 AD, before Robert Toppes built his iconic medieval trading hall complex in around 1427 to maximise the site’s potential for trade. Richard will also speak of the use of the trading hall for almost 600 years afterwards, from its use as crowded tenements through to its rediscovery and restoration from the 1970s onwards when the magnificent crown post roof and Baltic oak dragon was revealed.


Part of Norfolk Makers Festival.

Made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Wolfson Foundation. Supported by Arts Council England.


Step into Dragon Hall

This event is linked to our flagship heritage project, ‘The Next Chapter: Stepping Into Dragon Hall’. This project invites residents of Norwich to ‘Step Into Dragon Hall’ with new free visiting hours, creative activities and volunteering opportunities. Find out more →

Dragon Hall is open to the public between 10am to 3pm on Sunday each week. Extended opening hours will be announced shortly. Our public entrance is on King St, opposite the The Butterfly Café.

Made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund.