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Mosaics in Norwich

Norwich is not well known for its mosaics, but there are more than you might think. This page lists a dozen, all well worth seeing, and there are more in Gallery Two. There are also galleries of tile and terrazzo doorways in the city.

surrey house

Lapis lazuli mosaic in the war memorial plaques at the entrance to Surrey House. This is just a prelude to the extraordinary spectacle of the marble interior of Norwich Union's offices.

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Mosaic tiled floors at Victorian architect Edward Boardman's former offices.

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art school

The entrance to Norwich School of Art and Design on St. Georges Street. The foyer floor has a castle and lion emblem with 20 bees around it.

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norman mosaic

An outdoor mosaic at the Riverside development, showing Normans sailing up the Wensum.

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mosaic in norwich castle museum

The foyer of Norwich Castle Museum. This mosaic is Victorian in origin, and was rediscovered during the recent renovation of the museum - previously it was hidden under the reception desk!

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stained glass collage

At St Peter Mancroft, medieval stained glass has been mosaicked together from shattered fragments.

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cattle market street

A mosaic in a doorway to the Shirehall in Market Avenue.

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cathedral cosmati

This hardstone mosaic floor is in Norwich Cathedral. It is in the style of Cosmati flooring, more common in, for example, Florence. Different granites, marbles, and coloured stone have been used.

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Debenhams mosaic in norwich

This rampant horse mosaic is in Rampant Horse Street, in the doorway of Debenham's (opposite Marks and Spencer). It is walked over by hundreds and thousands of people daily.

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Royal Arcade terrazzo

Norwich's Royal Arcade was opened in 1899. As well as this pavement motif, the arcade also has extensive art nouveau tiling and a mosaic-like stained glass panel.

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plantation garden masonry mosaic

The Victorian Plantation Garden on Earlham Road is home to a series of collaged wall designs made from pieces of decorative masonry.

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butterfly mosaic, Colegate

This large butterfly is in the courtyard behind the Broads Authority offices on Colegate. It can be reached from Colegate or Friars Quay. Made from broken tiles, it is part of a series showing the life cycle of a butterfly.

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Catherine Yass mosaic

The Rosary cemetery is the setting for a sculpture by Turner Prize-nominated artist Catherine Yass.

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