The Fabulous Norwich Fleamarket 

the city’s oldest and largest antiques fair

Saturday 12 April 2014

Voted ‘Best Vintage Fair’ 2013 in Vintage Norwich Awards

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The award-winning Norwich Fleamarket has been held at the historic St. Andrew’s Halls since 1975 and is the biggest antiques fair in the city.   Dealers from all over East Anglia and beyond offer 100 stalls of badges, books, breweriana, buttons, cigarette cards, coins, ceramics, clocks, dolls, ephemera, fabrics, furniture, frames, games, glass, jewellery, kitchenalia, lace, linens, medals, memorabilia,  metalware, militaria, mirrors, photographs, pictures, postcards, prints, railwayana, silver, stamps, teddy bears, tools, toys, treen, vintage clothes and accessories, vinyl records, watches and so much more.

The charity we are supporting this month iAgeUK Norwich

St. Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls, St. Andrew’s Street, Norwich NR3 1AU 

 9.30am – 4.30pm £2 * under 18s free 

01603 630763


Important and scarce giant folio of brass rubbings by  notable Victorian Norwich Vicar for sale!

An important and scarce Victorian giant folio of brass rubbings will be offered for sale at  £110 at the award-winning Norwich Fleamarket  the oldest and largest antiques fair in the city, on Saturday 12 April at  St. Andrews and Blackfriars Halls.

Written and published by Norwich author  The Rev. William Frederick Creeny, Vicar of  St. Michael-at-Thorn,  the folio is entitled:  “A Book of  Fac-Similes of Monumental Brasses on the Continent of Europe” published 1884,  printed in Norwich by Agas H Goose and Co, 1st (and only) edition.    

A Book of  Fac-Similes of Monumental Brasses on the Continent of Europe

Other examples of this folio are in the collections of  The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum and The Royal Academy.

This remarkable book of rubbings covers the period 1231 to 1600, and includes magnificent examples from important churches all over Europe, many subsequently destroyed in the two World Wars.   The rubbing illustrated here is that of Johannes von Zoest and his wife, dated 1361, in the church of St. John-at-Thorn in what is now Poland. This church played an important role during the Protestant Reformation.

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The Rev. Frederick Creeny (1825 – 1897) served as President of the Monumental Brass Society, which still exists, and was a leading authority on continental brasses and incised slabs.

Naturally, his own resting place was commemorated with a beautiful brass plate.

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His church, St. Michael-at-Thorn, was a pre-Conquest church in central Norwich destroyed by the Baedeker Blitz of 1942.  (fourth illustration) The spot is now occupied by the offices of the Eastern Daily Press behind Thorn Lane.

st michael at thorn

Further details of the giant folio: 38 x 57.5cm (15 x 22 ½ inches)

80 illustrations. Condition: overall very good. Title page states “Rev. W. F. Creeny for whom W. Griggs, of London, by photo-lithography, made the eighty reduced fac-similes, and Agas H. Goose and Co., of Norwich, did the letterpress. 1884” Front cover states title/author etc & “copies of this work may be had by applying to the author at Norwich”  Saturday 12 April 9.30 – 4.30


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