Pubs of
the Past

David Hodgson paiting of the Cinder Oven pub

In the 1880s there were over 450 pubs within Norwich’s city walls. Many would have been tiny alehouses occupying little more than the downstairs room of a house. Since this time a combination of legislation, war time raids and changes in culture have led to many closing. Although many have gone, they have not been forgotten and still contribute to the City’s folklore. Today many still remember watching Black Anna perform at the Jolly Butchers or listening to the Continentals at the Orford Cellar. In this section we recall a selection of the City’s favourites. Click/tap any image below for more information.

Backs, Gentleman's WalkBacks
Boar's Head Surrey Street Boar's Head
Duke's Palace Inn NorwichDuke's Palace Inn
Ferry Boat Inn, King StreetFerry Boat Inn
Horse Barracks, Barrack StreetHorse Barracks
Black Anna outside the Jolly ButchersJolly Butchers
King's Head, Market PlaceKing's Head
Magpie Tavern, Magpie StreetMagpie Tavern
Old Barge Inn, King StreetOld Barge Inn
Orford Arms, Red Lion StreetOrford Arms
Rifleman, Cross LaneRifleman
Royal Hotel, Gentleman's WalkRoyal Hotel