The Ethelbert Gate
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Early geometric flint flushwork
It says a lot about the status of the church and the hierarchy of 13th century society that Henry sided with the monks. He fined the city and executed 30 of the ringleaders of the citizen violence. He also required the city to replace the burned church of St Ethelbert with a new gate to the cathedral close, incorporating a chapel on its upper floor. It is this gate that we call The Ethelbert Gate today, a reminder of the ruined church of St Ethelbert that preceeded it before the violence of 1272.
The new gate and chapel was not complete until about 1325, some 50 years after the destruction of the church.
It was worth the wait.
As you pass through the gate, pause in the centre and look up; the ceiling is decoarated with beautiful lierne vaulting, with richly decorated bosses. The central boss is a Green Man, with vines issuing from his mouth.
It is interesting to compare the Ethelbert Gate with the 'other' Tombland entrance to the cathedral close, the Erpingham Gate, built just a century later.
About The Ethelbert Gate
Address: Tombland, Norwich, Norfolk, England, NR1 4DJ
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: At the southern end of Tombland, off Queen Street. Access through the gate during Cathedral Close opening times. Exterior always viewable from Tombland.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
St George Tombland - 0.1 miles (Historic Church)
Erpingham Gate - 0.1 miles (Historic Building)
Augustine Steward's House - 0.1 miles (Historic Building)
Hungate Medieval Art - 0.1 miles (Museum)
Norwich, St Michael at Plea - 0.1 miles (Historic Church)
Norwich Cathedral - 0.1 miles (Cathedral)
Armada House - 0.1 miles (Historic Building)
The Halls - 0.2 miles (Historic Church)
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