This is part of the national Heritage Open Days events, which runs from Fri 9th - Sun 18th September. The national theme is Astounding Inventions. Location = St Matthew's Church, Telegraph Lane West, Norwich, NR1 4JA. (see map). Large car park in front of church.
Jane Chittenden will give a talk on how gas transformed the fortunes of the City of Norwich. Followed by a tour of Kett's Heights for those that wish to participate.
In 1830 the Gas Works was established opposite Bishop Bridge and changed the lives of Norwich people for ever. This talk will take us through the history of this astounding invention and what it meant for Norwich people at home, work and play.
Initially used for street lighting, coal gas was eventually harnessed to provide domestic lighting, heating and cooking, and enabled new industries to thrive. The talk will last for around 40 – 55 minutes and will be followed by an optional tour of Kett’s Heights. Kett’s Heights was part of the Gas Works estate although, due to its steep terrain, was not used for the actual works but developed as a garden for the workers with steps and terraces. The site still bears traces of this history which you will be able to discover, as well as enjoy the wonderful Norwich panorama at the viewpoint.