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Abbot of Ely's fortified house in Norwich

In the civil parish of Norwich.
In the historic county of Norfolk.
Modern Authority of Norfolk.
1974 county of Norfolk.
Medieval County of Norfolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TG232086
Latitude 52.62934° Longitude 1.29737°

Abbot of Ely's fortified house in Norwich has been described as a probable Fortified Town House.

There are no visible remains.

Description

The abbot of Ely had a fortified house in Norwich in 1082. (Renn)

{1082.} 153. Precept by Wilham I to Abp. Lanfranc, Gosfrid Bp. of Coutances, and Count Robert of Mortain.
That {Simeon} the Abbot of Ely have his benediction forthwith and his lands and customs, as the King has frequently commanded by his letters. Whatever part of his demesne the Abbot acquires by legal process, he is to alienate it to no one without the royal licence. 'Et sede placitorum ei facite rectum defendentes ut us eius incidat siluas.' The Abbot is to have his fortified house in Norwich, and his men may be there when they have need.
Witness : Roger de Ivri {MSS. Lureio}. (RRAN)

Munitionemque suam habeat in Norwico, et homines sui ibi sint cum opus fuerit, omniaque sua cum honore habeat.
Comments

The nature and location of this Munitionemque is unknown. The messuages of the Abbot is recorded in the Domesday Book. At this early date a location in the old Saxon town, east and north of the castle is likely rather than in the Norman borough to the west of the castle.
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