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Kings Head
42 MAGDALEN STREET St SAVIOUR FULL LICENCE -
NORWICH LICENCE REGISTERS PS 1/8/1 to PS 1/8/3 (1867 to 1953)
PATTESON Pockthorpe Brewery 1804
YOUNGS & Co (As Crawshay in 1845)
BULLARDS 1958
WATNEY MANN   
COURAGE Transferred from Watney Mann to Courage 27.01.1972
FREEHOUSE   
Licensees :
JOHN SHIRLEY
(also found as STURLEY)
1760 - 1798
WILLIAM COLLS 1802
DANIEL RAYTON (?) June 1804
SAMUEL COOKE 1807 -  March 1808
............. DREWELL 1810
F. DAMANT 1811
SAMUEL KING 1830
JOHN LEEDS 1833
ROBERT CURTIS 1836 - 1839
ROBERT BASEY
& cordwainer
1839 - 1856
WILLIAM CUSHION to 08.1858
JOHN BARKER 23.08.1858
JOHN MIDDLETON
& weaver
by 1859
ROBERT MARSHALL
& fish market
05.11.1867
THOMAS REACH 22.12.1870
WILLIAM LEACH 28.06.1871
EPHRAIM LARGE 28.06.1872
ARTHUR DUNN 19.02.1873
JAMES THOMPSON 29.06.1875
GEORGE RAMSBOTTOM 07.05.1901
CHARLES NIXON 05.04.1904
Convicted 25.02.1916 of keeping open out of hours.
Fine £1 or 13 days detention
MARY ANN NIXON 15.10.1935
WALTER BAILEY KEELER 20.11.1951
CHARLES DOUGLAS SKIPPER 18.11.1952
HORACE SIDNEY HARE 17.11.1953
JOHN GREGORY LAWRENCE 05.04.1957
.
PAUL CORNWELL 07.1975 - 1978
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ROLAND COOMBER & JONATHAN SMITH 05.2005
STEPHEN GEORGE 2013

Kings Head - 1997
1997

The Norfolk Chronicle reported...
Norwich, December 16th 1783.
At a Meeting of the Yarn-makers held here this day, it was unanimously agreed to call a general Meeting of the Trade, residing in the City of Norwich and County of Norfolk, to be held at the KING'S HEAD in Magdalen Street, on Friday the January 2nd next, at Six o'clock in the Evening, in order to consider how far it may be right to act in Conjunction with the County of Suffolk, etc in obtaining a Bill in Parliament for the better Regulation of Yarns.


The house was engaged for Freeholders, the Friends of Sir Edward Astley, Bart. and Thomas William Coke, Esq. on Wednesday 14th April 1784, being the Day of Election. (One of 53 such houses in Norwich)


The entrance to the courtyard has an emblem
`The Crown Brewery'

Address as 116 Magdalen Street in 1802

Advertised for let 21st April 1804.
Furniture & fixtures could be taken at fair appraisement.
`Apply Brewing-office, Pockthorpe'.

One of 36 Norwich houses opened for the reception of Voters in the interest of Mr. Windham and Mr. Coke on election day, Thursday 13th November 1806.


19th September 1807 - Samuel Cooke advised the public that he had refitted the inn for gentlemen and travellers. He was declared bankrupt as reported March 1808.

At the licensing session held Monday 23rd August 1858 John Barker obtained a renewal of licence, in place of William Cushion.

Closed 2004.

Extensively renovated to re-open
May 20th 2005
Selling beer from some 14 handpumps and
on gravity. Bottled Belgian beers and NO kegs.

  The Norwich Pub Survey of 1986, compiled by the Norwich Society, in association with Norwich City Council, assessed the house:-  
 
Approx date of building Listed Quality Pre-war fittings surviving
External Internal
17th C Yes 8 3 No
Four carved wooden pilasters between windows and door and plaster carvings in spaces between arches and pilasters of oak leaves and a king's head. (Mediaeval style but un-named.)
High wagon or coach arch at left of frontage is pedimented with a plaster crown in the space.
Front bar unchanged for many years, has half wood panelling, a small 1930's fireplace, bar is parallel with frontage.
Back bar has been extended and loos added. (After 1950) Has less character than the front bar.
Cosy and friendly and a bit unkempt.