29th January 2017
The first chains were created in 1757 by freeman Matthew Goss, a wealthy dyer. Their size and weight make them impractical and a second new set was needed for everyday use.
Crafted in gold and silver by Norwich jeweller Sonkai, the chains were presented to the Lord Mayor and Sheriff at an official ceremony in October.
A design of 18 motifs, each representing a cultural theme relevant to the city, tells the history of Norwich. New motifs can be added in future and the chains can now be worn with ceremonial robes, everyday clothes or evening dress by both men and women. The old chains were designed for male Lord Mayors wearing full civic robes.
“The gift of these chains of office is in keeping with the modern role that the Freemen of Norwich and their Town Close Estate charity continue to play in the life of the City,” says Nigel Back, chair of Norwich Freemen.
For more detail on the new chains visit the Norwich City Council website.