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Unlike popular challenges elsewhere in the Tudor period, it appears to have been Protestant in nature.For several weeks Kett's rebels camped outside Norwich on Mousehold Heath and took control of the city, with the support of many of its poorer inhabitants.It is possible that three separate early Anglo-Saxon settlements, one on the north of the river and two either side on the south, joined together as they grew or that one Anglo-Saxon settlement, on the north of the river, emerged in the mid-7th century after the abandonment of the previous three.The ancient city was a thriving centre for trade and commerce in East Anglia in 1004 when it was raided and burnt by Swein Forkbeard the Viking king of Denmark.Quern stones and other artefacts from Scandinavia and the Rhineland have been found during excavations in Norwich city centre. The Normans established a new focus of settlement around the Castle and the area to the west of it: this became known as the "New" or "French" borough, centred on the Normans' own market place which survives to the present day as Norwich Market.In 1096, Herbert de Losinga, Bishop of Thetford, began construction of Norwich Cathedral.At the time of the Norman Conquest the city was one of the largest in England.The Domesday Book states that it had approximately 25 churches and a population of between 5,000 and 10,000.
To organise and control its exports to the Low Countries, Great Yarmouth, as the port for Norwich, was designated one of the staple ports under the terms of the 1353 Statute of the Staple. At around 4 km (2.5 miles), these walls, along with the river, enclosed a larger area than that of the City of London.Westwic (at Norwich-over-the-Water) and the secondary settlement at Thorpe.According to a local rhyme, the demise of Venta Icenorum led to the development of Norwich: "Caistor was a city when Norwich was none, Norwich was built of Caistor stone." There are two suggested models of development for Norwich.The parliamentary seats cross over into adjacent local-government districts.A total of 132,512 (2011 census) people live in the City of Norwich and the population of the Norwich Travel to Work Area (i.e., the self-contained labour market area in and around Norwich in which most people live and commute to work) is 282,000 (mid-2009 estimate).