Port of Norwich

Part of the port today.

The Port of Norwich is a small port on the River Wensum at Norwich, Norfolk. The use of the river as a port stretches back at least to medieval times, however its current standing as a port dates to an Act of Parliament on 28 May 1827.[1]

The name Norwich comes from the Middle Saxon north wic meaning "north port" and there is evidence of urban settlement on the north bank from the tenth century.[2] Norwich was likely founded as a port when the former Roman port of Venta Icenorum three miles to the south silted up.[3]

The port was still in regular use in the 1960s and 1970s and continued to have some limited traffic in the 2010s.[4] The port authority is Norwich City Council, who in 2012 stated that they consider the port defunct as a commercial port.[5]


  1. ^ Duncan Mackintosh, duncan.mackintosh@gmail.com (2 October 1983). "Norwich". Ports.org.uk. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  2. ^ Rawcliffe, Carole; Wilson, Richard (1 October 2006). "The Urban Landscape". Medieval Norwich. A&C Black. p. 5.
  3. ^ "Norwich in 1839". Old Towns.
  4. ^ joemasonspage (28 November 2011). "The Port of Norwich". Joemasonspage.wordpress.com. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  5. ^ WhatDoTheyKnow. "Port of Norwich. - a Freedom of Information request to Department for Transport". WhatDoTheyKnow. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
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