The Norwich Snapdragon, known affectionately as ‘Snap’, is preserved in a remarkable collection at Norwich Castle Museum.

A long-established civic ceremonial which persisted, in a modified form, until early this century included the snapdragon as the herald of the grand annual Guild Day procession held at the inauguration of the new Mayor.

The cavorting dragon was an obvious source of amusement and entertainment for the crowds watching the procession but in earlier times it had a religious significance as part of a pageant performed by the Guild and Fraternity of St George of Norwich.

The history of the snapdragon is inextricably linked to The Guild of St George. Founded in 1385 its aims were religious, charitable and social: to honour St. George and keep his feast day, to pray for its members past and present and to offer alms to the poor and needy within the Guild.

Dragons can still be found all over Norwich, though there’s rumours of a huge gathering of them at A Viking’s Guide to Deadly Dragons at Norwich Castle Museum.

Hunt for dragons yourself with a trip to Norwich. Visit Norwich is the perfect place to start your journey.


Photo: Norfolk Museums Service