Peter the Wild Boy

Atop a bollard on Bridewell Alley, next to The Museum of Norwich

Peter the Wild Boy

Peter the Wild Boy

Atop a bollard on Bridewell Alley, next to The Museum of Norwich

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written by: Alexander Gordon Smith
animated by: Keith Skipper

"Peter is a little statue with a big heart, and a big voice. I can think of nothing better than a Norwich tradition of singing to Peter, so when you see him, please sing him a song, or hum a tune, or just say hi in your friendliest voice.”

Artist: Oliver Creed

A feral child, legend has it Peter was discovered in a forest in Germany. Dirty and ‘wild’ in nature, he could not speak and nobody claimed him. King George I  eventually stepped in and took him into his court almost as a pet or curiosity. He was baptized Peter in 1726 and continued to live at Court until the King’s death at which point he eventually ran away from his carers. Peter turned up in Norwich where in 1751 he was arrested and imprisoned in the Bridewell ‘house of correction’. Peter never learned to talk, and how he made it to Norwich has forever remained a mystery.

To learn more about Peter the Wildboy, visit the ‘History of the Building Gallery’ inside the Museum of Norwich.

Read more about Peter on the City of Stories website (http://www.cityofstories.co.uk/peter-the-wild-boy)