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The word Norvic appears on coins across Europe minted during this period, in the reign of King Athelstan.The Vikings were a strong cultural influence in Norwich for 40 to 50 years at the end of the 9th century, setting up an Anglo-Scandinavian district near the north end of present day King Street.At the site of a medieval well, the bones of 17 individuals, including 11 children, were found in 2004 by workers preparing the ground for construction of a Norwich shopping centre.The remains were determined by forensic scientists to be most probably the remains of such murdered Jews, and a DNA expert determined that the victims were all related, so that they most probably came from one Ashkenazi Jewish family. The engine of trade was wool from Norfolk's sheepwalks.Unusually in England, it divided the city and appears to have linked Protestantism with the plight of the urban poor.



The Domesday Book states that it had approximately 25 churches and a population of between 5,000 and 10,000.Throughout this period Norwich established wide-ranging trading links with other parts of Europe, its markets stretching from Scandinavia to Spain and the city housing a Hanseatic warehouse.To organise and control its exports to the Low Countries, Great Yarmouth, as the port for Norwich, was designated one of the staple ports under the terms of the 1353 Statute of the Staple. At around 4 km (2.5 miles), these walls, along with the river, enclosed a larger area than that of the City of London.The chief building material for the Cathedral was limestone, imported from Caen in Normandy.