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Mercian coins and shards of pottery from the Rhineland dating from the 8th century suggest that long-distance trade was happening long before this.
Between 924 and 939, Norwich became fully established as a town, with its own mint.
In 1216, the castle fell to Louis, Dauphin of France and Hildebrand's Hospital was founded, followed ten years later by the Franciscan Friary and Dominican Friary. It has the distinction of being the only English city ever to be excommunicated, following a riot between citizens and monks in 1274. Wool made England rich, and the staple port of Norwich "in her state doth stand With towns of high'st regard the fourth of all the land", as Michael Drayton noted in Poly-Olbion (1612).
The Great Hospital dates from 1249 and the College of St Mary in the Field from 1250. As a penance, St Ethelbert's Gate, one of the entrances to the cathedral priory, was constructed by Norwich citizens. The wealth generated by the wool trade throughout the Middle Ages financed the construction of many fine churches, so that Norwich still has more medieval churches than any other city in Western Europe north of the Alps.
The ancient city was a thriving centre for trade and commerce in East Anglia in 1004 when it was raided and burnt by Swein Forkbeard the Viking king of Denmark.
At the site of a medieval well, the bones of 17 individuals, including 11 children, were found in 2004 by workers preparing the ground for construction of a Norwich shopping centre.
The remains were determined by forensic scientists to be most probably the remains of such murdered Jews, and a DNA expert determined that the victims were all related, so that they most probably came from one Ashkenazi Jewish family. The engine of trade was wool from Norfolk's sheepwalks.
) is a city on the River Wensum in East Anglia and lies approximately 100 miles (161 km) north-east of London.
It is the regional administrative centre for East Anglia and county town of Norfolk.The magistracy in Tudor Norwich unusually found ways of managing religious discord whilst maintaining civic harmony.