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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.
The word Norvic appears on coins across Europe minted during this period, in the reign of King Athelstan.
Pilgrims made offerings to a shrine at the Cathedral (largely finished by 1140) up to the 16th century, but the records suggest there were few of them. In February 1190, all the Jews of Norwich were massacred except for a few who found refuge in the castle.
From the Middle Ages until the Industrial Revolution, Norwich was the largest city in England after London, and one of the most important.
This area extends beyond the city boundary, with extensive suburban areas on the western, northern and eastern sides, including Costessey, Taverham, Hellesdon, Bowthorpe, Old Catton, Sprowston and Thorpe St Andrew.
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.