The history of Ber Street

Ber Street is one of Norwich’s most historic streets. It was once upon a time one of the major routes into the Norwich City Centre since the 12th Century. Ber Street exists today as a mixture of historic buildings and post-war industrial buildings.

Ber Street Gate was first mentioned in 1146 AD. It was built on a corner of the City wall which runs Southeast and Southwest from the gate. The City gate was unfortunately demolished in 1808 but Ber Street remained busy and very densely populated. Due to it’s many butcher shops and salughterhouses, Ber Street was known locally as the ‘Blood and Guts Street’.

Today Ber Street is a bustling hub of small, medium and internationally recognised businesses. At one end of the street is Ber Streets only pub, The Ber Street Gates, the growingly popular Ber Street Kitchen and the world famous Harley Davidson store. At the other end we have the electrical shop Gerlad Giles and the prominent John Lewis store. In the middle you will find a whole array of local businesses from printers, wellbeing, fitness and even a bespoke glass makers.

The Ber Street Hub both celebrates and promotes all the shops on Ber Street. Run as a not for profit organisation, members promote themselves to each other and also to anyone looking to visit the Street. Run by local businesses on the Street, we meet once a month, usually at the Ber Street Kitchen to catch up on whats happening in the Street. Helping and supporting each other to encourage the ‘Buy Local’ theme.


Register your business profile on the Ber Street Hub and enjoy all the rewards that a membership gives you including discounts, help & advice from other members via the forum & much more.