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Strangers` Hall (Norwich)

Strangers` Hall is a splendid old house in Norwich, now used as a museum.

Situated in the street known as Charing Cross, it was originally a merchant`s house, and dates back to the early 14th century. There were additions, however, in the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

In the 1500s, it became associated with the Dutch refugees who settled in the city. This gave it its name, "strangers" being used locally to mean foreigners.

The house has twenty rooms, many of them panelled, and a paved courtyard.

It was the home of three Lord Mayors of Norwich.

There are rooms furnished in the styles of various periods of the house`s history, and displays of toys, shop signs, domestic utensils and shop signs, together with the Lord Mayor`s ceremonial coach.

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