and Yards
of Old

New Mills Yard 2014

But What of the Norwich Yards Today?

In a single generation their use and appearance have changed almost beyond recognition. When we visit the bijoux yards on Elm Hill, the yards adjacent to trendy wine bars and restaurants, picturesque houses in small developments maybe we should bear a thought for their previous occupants. The 21st century has seen a return to city living and the yards have been resurrected in new guises providing desirable modern housing within an urban setting.

Most poignantly the old inns and taverns by which the yards were known may have long gone, but some names live on in the social housing schemes that have replaced the deprivation of the past. New communities no longer occupy unsanitary accommodation but dwellings constructed from state-of-the-art materials, in comfort and security beyond the dreams of those long-ago residents. Such developments have paved the way to a new lease of life for this historic areas with a colourful and fascinating past and, thanks to the pioneers of social reform, a positive future for the old yards of Norwich.
Inner City Living: Modern yards adopting old names, include New Mills Yard (left) and Beckwith's Court (right)
New Mills Yard
Bijoux Renovations: Whip & Nag Yard (left) Wright's Court (right)
Whip & Nag Yard Norwich Hartley's Yard Norwich
Commercial: Bagleys Court (left), Labour in Vain Yard (centre), Strangers Court (right)
Bagley's Court Norwich Labour in Vain Yard Norwich Strangers Court Norwich
Social Housing: Key & Castle Yard (left) and Unicorn Yard (right)
Key & Castle YardUnicorn Yard
Leisure: Woburn Court
Woburn Court
Narrow Alleyways and Entrances
Abels Yard NorwichStamp Office Yard Norwich Dog Yard NorwichLooses Yard NorwichTwo Brewers Yard Norwich