N) Norwich Quay
Norwich Quay was the main access way to the port and was a place of hustle and bustle for seafarers passing through. The street was home to a number of hotels including: The Royal Hotel, The Lyttelton Hotel, The Canterbury Hotel, The Mitre, and The British Hotel. It was also home to a variety of architectural styles displaying the history of the growing Port town.
Sadly as you look at it now you have to imagine the grandeur of buildings that were rebuilt after the fire of Lyttelton in 1870 and some of the later builds that caused controversy and division in the mid 1900’s. All built in stone or brick they ranged from late 1800’s style of The Royal to the 1940’s front of The British. Later Shadbolt house built in 1959 was the one and only high rise in Lyttelton, boasting 7 floors it dominated the skyline and has always divided opinions. Turning back towards The Tunnel (which was built in 1964) The Lyttelton Port company added to the mix with their concrete four storey structure in 1987. Some history remains and new history is to be created as Norwich Quay goes into the future.
On the positive …Look up towards the hills to the east and you will see the tower of the restored historic Timeball Station, a working Timeball that drops at 1pm every day. Ask at the Information Centre for the best route to visit it and a bit of its history.