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Norwich Market is an outdoor market consisting of around 200 stalls
in central Norwich, England. Founded in the latter part of the
11th century to supply Norman merchants and settlers moving to the area
following the Norman conquest of England, it replaced an earlier market
a short distance away. It has been in operation on the present site for
over 900 years. By the 14th century, Norwich was one of the largest and
most prosperous cities in England, and Norwich Market was a major
trading hub. In the Georgian era, Norwich became an increasingly
popular destination with travellers, and developed into a fashionable
shopping town. Following the First World War, the local authority began
to systematically buy up all the stalls on the market, eventually
bringing the entire market into public ownership, and the market was
radically redesigned in the 1930s. Stalls were arranged into parallel
rows, and a new City Hall was built along the entire western side of
the marketplace to replace the by now inadequate Guildhall. This new
arrangement survived with few significant changes for the rest of the
20th century. By the 1990s the market was becoming decrepit, and
proposals were made for another radical rebuilding of the area. These
proposals were abandoned in favour of a scheme which replaced the old
stalls with steel units of four stalls each. The rebuilt market was
completed in early 2006, and is one of the largest markets in Britain.
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