Visit of King Edward VII to Norwich

  • Theme - Royalty
  • Year - 1909
  • Location - Norwich
  • Filmmaker - A E Coe and Sons


This clip is from a film which covers the visit of King Edward VII to Norwich on Monday 25th October 1909. It was the first visit to the city by a reigning monarch since Charles II in 1671.

Following the tram ride from Riverside Road, up along Prince of Wales Road, the Royal procession is seen appearing on Upper King Street coming across from Tombland. It is presumably on its way back into the city from Mousehold, where the King had been conducting a review of the local troops. The response by revellers was huge, as the King’s carriage passed by. Onlookers cheered enthusiastically and waved flags and hats in the air.

The King’s procession eventually travelled up to the Drill Hall on Chapel Field Road, where he took luncheon with officers of the 4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. The carriage then progressed to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, which was at that time off St Stephen’s Road in the city. King Edward laid the foundation stone of the hospital’s extension in the presence of invited guests that afternoon. Although the film shows the witnesses' arrival, sadly no film of the stone being laid has survived.

Background history:

King Edward’s visit to Norwich was made in order to present guidons and colours to Territorial Army units in Norfolk and to lay the foundation stone at the extension of the old Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

The King’s four-car convoy arrived on Gentleman’s Walk at 11am, where large crowds had gathered to greet him. The convoy drove down Exchange Street to St Andrew’s Hall where the King received an official address from the Town Clerk. On leaving the hall, he is said to have entered an open horse-drawn coach and was escorted via Prince of Wales Road, Riverside Road and Gurney Road, to the review ground at Mousehold.

At Mousehold, the King reviewed various units, including the Kings Own Royal Regiment, the Norfolk Yeomanry, 1st East Anglian Brigade, Royal Field Artillery and the 4th Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment and he presented them with their new colours. Having laid the foundation stone in the hospital grounds, the King took supper with the Colman family at Crown Point, before departing for Newmarket.

A E Coe & Sons, who produced the film, were a local photographic firm founded in 1863, with early premises in London Street and Castle Meadow. The company still exists in the city today, working under the new name of Barrett & Coe. Records from 1909 show that their film was screened to the public on the day after the King’s visit, at the Thatched Assembly Rooms on All Saints Green.


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