It is an ancient, large, and populous city, seated on the river Wensum, which runs through it, and is navigable to Yarmouth, without locks. It has a stately ancient castle, on a hill, which commands a fine view of the city and surrounding country, and is used as the county gaol; and a fine cathedral, with a very lofty spire: here are also 2 good public libraries, a city and county hospital, a shire-hall, a handsome guild-hall, and a corn-hall.
The ancient bridewell, now a private house, is built of flints, remarkable for being beautifully cut into regular little squares, without any visible cement. It had formerly 60 churches, &c., and has now 36 churches, beside the cathedral, chapels, and dissenting meeting-houses.
It was formerly a great manufacturing city; but it has much declined of late. Norwich has 10 bridges over the Wensum, and is the centre of several important lines of railways. The provision market is a fine square, and is well supplied. It is 108 miles from London. Markets, Wednesday and Saturday. Population, 62,344.
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