The introduction sets the excavation results in their historical context, and explains how they have provided a valuable insight into housing, industry and daily life in medieval and post-medieval Norwich.
The results of population pressures can be seen, especially during the late 16th and early 17th centuries, with the influx of the ‘Strangers’ from the Low Countries. The large excavated areas revealed complete building plans; and showed a long history of building techniques, materials and the development of house plans in a restricted area, with a sequence starting in the 14th or 15th centuries and continuing until the present day.
Much material evidence was deposited in cellars as a result of the catastrophic fire in Pottergate in 1507, which also engulfed other areas of the city. Pottery groups are reconstructed, kitchen assemblages drawn, analysed and supplemented by medieval illustrations. Domestic fittings, furnishings and personal items of dress were also found.
Some of these sites also produced the remains of local industries, such as brewing, ironworking and textile manufacture, and the importance of these finds is discussed.
Malcolm Atkin, Alan Carter , D.H. Evans, 1985. 'Excavations in Norwich 1971–1978, Part II', East Anglian Archaeology 26