When we visited Norwich in December, I was enamoured by the stunning Victorian design of the Royal Arcade. As beautiful as it had been while the sun was shining, that was nothing compared to how it came alive when we passed through in the twilight.
In the photos above, you can see the exquisite stained glass window. From the mosaics and mosaic-making website The Joy of Shards:
…this masterpiece of late Victorian design has "opus sectile" stained glass and splendid Doulton tiles, amongst other features. The window over the western entrance consists of shaped pieces of coloured glass (rather than painted glass) and so is very much like a mosaic.
The Joys of Shards website goes on to note the beautiful motifs in the stone flooring but I did not notice the floor as I was too busy looking up!
I loved the art nouveau tiling and ceramic letters on the exterior. I was also really taken with this lighting and the arches and decorative tiles of the first floor windows. This was such a pretty shopping centre and I felt like I had been transported back in time a hundred years to 1902.
The Royal Arcade in Norwich was designed by architect George Skipper in 1899. Based in Norwich, he is also famous for designing the Jarrolds department store and Norwich Union buildings in Norwich.
We visited at Christmas time, as is evident from the decorations but I imagine that the Royal Arcade manages to look quite spectacular throughout the year without all of the decorations. I wish there were more buildings like this around.