Our Aims...

The purposes of the group are to:-

1. Learn collaboratively about the history, heritage, archaeology, architecture, people and environment of Norwich
2. Develop resources and activities that contribute to the wider community’s understanding of history and archaeology
3. Develop activities that enhance/maintain the wellbeing and emotional resilience of club members
4. Be actively inclusive - open, accessible and welcoming to all
5. Represent the area’s heritage and residents by publicizing, commenting and co-ordinating responses on planning, transportation and other proposed changes for the area.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Thursday March 15th Visit - St Martin's at Palace Plain

Next Thursday (15th March) we will be visiting the church of St Martin at Palace Plain. Neil Blunt, Chair of the Norwich Historic Churches Trust, has kindly agreed to welcome us to the NHCT base in this church. He will talk about the ethos and plans for the Trust, which I think will be of interest. He will also tell us about the history of this fascinating church. 

As usual, we will meet at the Cactus Cafe at 10:30 before walking up to St Martin's. I said we’d be there at c11:15.

Monday, 11 December 2017

My 'Wellbeing Before Christmas' Walk - Sunday 17th December

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With all the hubbub of Christmas shopping I thought it would be a good idea to offer a relaxed walk around the inner North Norwich area, exploring some of the many 'hidden' heritage sites/sights it the area around Magdalen Street has to offer. As we go, I will be talking about some ways in which we can 'use' heritage spaces like these to:

  • Slow our minds down a little
  • Activate the range of our senses to 'see' our city in a different light
  • Create a different sense of connection and belonging with our city's past
  • Develop our own personal wellbeing maps

The Wellbeing Walk starts at 11am. However, I will be in the warmly welcoming Sahara Cafe from 10:30am onwards if you wish to join me for a cuppa before we set off. 

Tickets cost £5 per person and all the proceeds go towards supporting the Magdalen Walks community history group. Email me to book your place via howeychoosetouseit@gmail.com I look forward to meeting you in person!

Friday, 14 July 2017

A Feast of Food & History! Sunday 23rd July

© Nick Stone, 2017 - Thanks to Nick for granting us permission
to share his brilliant 'ghost' photography.
On Sunday 23rd July Colin Howey of Magdalen Walks will be leading a food/drink themed walk exploring some of the fascinating  history, archaeology and heritage of the Magdalen Street area. 

This will last just over an hour - long enough to work up an appetite! 

Happily, we will finish the walk at the Silver Road Community Centre where members of our 'sister' group, Magdalen Eats', will be cooking up a great BBQ. 

Come along for a feast of history and food - a real taste of what the community of Norwich Over The Water has to offer!

Sunday 23rd July.

Assembly Point
Sahara Café, Magdalen Street (opposite Anglia Square).

Start time and duration
Although the walk leaves the lovely Sahara Café at 11am I would encourage all participants to come and have a drink before we move off. Café opens at 10:30am. The walk will last no more than an hour and a quarter. 

£5.90 per person

Payment methods:


You can pay in cash on the day. However, if this is your preferred option, please can you book places via Colin so that we have an indication of how many people to expect.


Alternatively, you can pay in advance via Eventbrite

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Magdalen Walks: 'Passing on the Craft - Stonemasonry in North Norwich' with Colin Howey

In this film, Colin gives us a glimpse of a very special project that is building within St. Clements Church, Colegate. The Guild of St Stephen & St George are training the next generation of stonemasons. There’s more to this than meets the eye!

For details about Colin's walk on October 8th, see below:

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Magdalen Walks: 'Walking with Strong Women' - Susan Kyd

In this film Sue shares her love of Magdalen Street and her sense of connection with the people who’ve walked it, including her grandparents, who she discovers have a very special connection with St. Saviours Lane. For details about Susan's tour on October 8th, see below:

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Magdalen Walks: 'The Nature of the North City' with Ernie Woodrow

In this film Ernie shares his love of nature and why it’s important to him. It’s amazing what you can see in green spaces around Magdalen Street – it’s all about knowing where to look...

For details about Ernie's walk on October 8th please see below:

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Magdalen Walks: 'Your Money or Your Life' with Stuart McLaren

In his film, Stuart whets our appetite about a tale of civil war, slavery, religious strife, highwaymen and worsted weaving: the woeful tale of Mr Bryant Lewis, 'barbarously murdered upon ye heath at Thetford in 1698'. 

For details about Stuart's talk in St George's Church on Saturday 13th please see below: