The twinning charter between Norwich and Rouen was signed in 1959. In 2019, the twinning was reaffirmed by both Norwich and Rouen as our cities celebrated 60 years of visits, exchanges, goodwill and friendship. Here's how twinning came about.
Norwich and Rouen
Sharing a common heritage from Viking times, both became centres of important agricultural areas and both thrived on the medieval wool trade. After the Norman conquest of England in 1066 the Normans constructed abbeys and castles of which Norwich Cathedral and castle, built of stone brought from Caen, are outstanding examples.
Rouen has many historic monuments like the 14th century astronomical clock (Le Gros Horloge), a Gothic cathedral, the ancient ossuary of Aître St Maclou, the market place where there is a modern church of Joan of Arc, and many picturesque cobbled streets of half-timbered buildings. Restaurants serving local and regional specialities abound and there is a food festival every October. Rouen is an important port on the River Seine and every five years or so, it hosts the Armada when magnificent sailing ships from around the world moor up for ten days of festivities. Along the Seine there are lovely parks and woods, ancient abbeys and picturesque waterside villages. An hour away is Monet's famous garden at Giverny, the ports of Dieppe and Honfleur. Discover the delights of Rouen and the region at http://en.rouentourisme.com/
NNRFA and the Rouen-Norwich-Club
The NNRFA President is the Lord Mayor of Norwich, currently Cllr Dr Kevin Maguire who remains in post for a further year 2022/23. NNRFA is represented on Norwich City Council's Twinning Committee (which meets three times a year) and also in the Norfolk Association of Twinned Communities. The Rouen-Norwich Club is our partner association in Rouen and we jointly arrange links and visits.
Individual membership of NNRFA is £7, £12 for two people at the same address, and £3 for students. Please join us! You can fill out the form here and send it with your subscription to the address on the form.
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Rouen in numbers
- Rouen is the prime port in Europe for the export of cereals
- The city has about 110,000 inhabitants. It's a young city with the biggest age group being those between 20-24
- Eight km of pedestrianised streets make the centre of the city and the shops easily accessible
- Rouen cathedral, immortalised by Claude Monet, is the highest in France
- Rouen is surrounded by 22,000 hectares of forests and 500 km of hiking trails
adapted from: Bien-dire, no. 139, nov-dec 2021