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Walls ffil'lI@E!xtant rii£'I Excavated c':-':-C,onjectured screens passage separating them from the hall proper. Even a garderobe survives, albeit below ground.

In 1427 the site was completely remod-

elled. An ambitious new building was constructed at the head of the two tenement blocks, and this formed a magnificent trading hall at first floor level. The road which had hitherto connected King Street with the stone buildings was now cut off from the street and instead led directly from the river into a ground floor loading bay of the hall. To this day the hall presents a deliberately impres-

sive facade to those approaching from the river, and its mercantile intent was high-

lighted by the discovery during the excavation of a post-medieval coin weight. These items, which originated in Holland, were used for verifying the weight of coins and graphically illustrate the trade between the merchants of Norwich and those of the Low Countries.

It has long been the belief that Dragon Hall was constructed by Robert Toppes, a self-made merchant and four times MP for

Norwich. However, recent dendrochron-

ology has suggested that the trading hall was built in 1427. Not for the first time therefore


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