Norwich Union Building
Norwich Union Building
Norwich Union Building
Norwich Union Building
Norwich Union Building
Norwich Union Building
Norwich Union Building
Norwich Union Building
Norwich Union Building
Norwich Union Building
Norwich Union Building
Norwich Union Building
Norwich Union Building
Norwich Union Building

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The pediment is decorated with a blank cartouche flanked by palms while that above the doorway is framed by swags. The central coat of arms shows the emblem of the Life company which it took over from the Amicable following its acquisition in 1864.the winged hourglass is a reminder of the quick flight of time; the handshake refers to Amity (the name of the society) set within the snake biting its tail, the emblem of eternity. This is set under a winged hour-glass – the fire insurance mark. The two blank cartouches flanking the entrance are framed by drapery placed in the lions' mouths and each of the six the grills flanking the ground floor windows are set under decorative window-brackets and are protected by three female winged wyverns biting on the major cross-piece.
Title

Norwich Union Building

Date

1901–1906

Medium

stone

Accession number

NR1_RHT_S212

Acquisition method

commissioned by Norwich Union

Work type

Building

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade I (England and Wales)

Listing date

05/06/72

Access

at all times

Inscription description

bottom of pediment: NORWICH UNION LIFE INSURANCE 

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Located at

Surrey Street, Norwich

NR1 3GG

Architectural detail on the Norwich Union Life building.