Week One: Norwich and Wymondham
The biggest challenge this field season has been figuring out parking. I have the driving down (relatively), but parking from the other side of the car, and road, is actually a massive difficulty (for me). But I will drive and park away, and after two and a half hours, I made it to Norfolk.
Since I feel somewhat more comfortable with the driving, I was able to appreciate the scenery. Norfolk, at least South Norfolk, is a very ‘open’ place; there are fields, woods and villages spaced away from each other. Each of the villages have a sign that express the part of the local history or a cultural story. There are two below:
Hethersett sign: Hethersett's parish church is on the left, with a reference to its possible history as a deer enclosure.
Wymondham's sign: At the top of the sign is Wymondham Abbey, and below is "Kett's Rebellion". Kett's rebellion is major historical event that took place in, and around Wymondham. To learn more about it: http://www.wymondhamheritagemuseum.co.uk/?p=story.of"Kett"robert.kett
The practical reason that I chose South Norfolk, was because of the high number of vernacular buildings. On a personal level, Norfolk has a distinctive cultural landscape. The buildings and structures are composed of a variety of materials; recycling materials from earlier buildings. The villages are colorful compositions of multiple periods. Building survey here is not merely about looking at a ‘snapshot’ in time, but a continuous engagement that people have with the surrounding landscape.