Mancroft in Details is a free lecture series taking place on the second Tuesday of every month over the summer. Subjects generally relate to the church building and local history and people associated with it. Talks are at 7pm in the church and drinks are available.
The second talk in the series, ‘Norwich and the “Great Blow” of 1648′, will be given by Dr. Joel Halcomb on Tuesday the 13th June. Joel writes:
In April 1648, on the eve of the Second English Civil War, one of the largest explosions of the 17th century ripped through the centre of Norwich, killing around 40 people, injuring 120, and causing a massive amount of damage, particularly to St Peter Mancroft. This ‘Great Blow’, as it became known, was the dramatic conclusion of a royalist riot within the city, which sparked a series of similar risings across England. This talk will trace the riot through Norwich’s city streets, looking at how and why it took place, and its importance to the history of Norwich and the English Civil Wars.