Up Your Street

The history behind some of the street names of Norwich by Nick Taylor, of Hadley Taylor.

Nick Taylor resizedNo prizes for guessing that Bowthorpe Road got its name from the Norwich suburb of the same name. In the early 19th century, long before it became absorbed into the expanding city, it was written that  “about a mile to the north of Earlham lies the township of Bowthorpe, which has a parochial chapel”. However, there were no inhabitants of Bowthorpe other than at the Hall, and the chapel was consolidated within the parish of Earlham at the beginning of the last century. In the year 334 Bowthorpe was known as Bouthorpe and there were other variations of Bow, including Boi, Boe, Boge and Boh!

*Nick’s on 01603 250248.

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