The Riverside Norman mosaic
Possibly the most recent mosaic in Norwich is at the Riverside
development. It is a floor mosaic in an open space to the south
of the Big W store, close to the footbridge which crosses the
River Wensum to King Street.
Its subject is the influence of the Norman conquest on the
appearance of Norwich today, and it shows a boat carrying a cargo
of stone (and a horse). The wording at the top reads "The
Normans sailed up the Wensum with stone to build Norwich Castle
The design is inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, which tells
the story of the events leading to the battle of Hastings in
1066. The boat in this mosaic is based on two of the ships that
appear in the scene where the Normans land at Pevensey.