The 247 foot long avenue follows the shape of the yard of the old inn it replaced, and originally contained 24 shops with their bow fronted windows, plus a pub and a club room.
Strange to think that this was once the yard of an inn, with horse drawn coaches bringing guests to Norwich.
When built there was only natural light in the arcade itself. In the 1950's fluorescent strip lighting was added. Fortunately these were replaced in a restoration of the arcade in the late 1980's by the wrought-iron and glass lamps we see today, which blend in well with the feel of the arcade.
The bow shaped shop fronts with their rich timber contrast well with the tiling, but while you are looking around the shops take time to look above the shop fronts for a series of tiles designed by W.J. Neatby and made by Doulton with designs of peacocks and flowers & fruit.