Licensees :
From Thetford BELL
ROBERT SNEAR 1760 - 1764
WILLIAM COLEMAN here April 1776
ROBERT LEWIS here October 1779
(took over house by 28th October 1780)
1780 - 1798
JOHN BALLS by December 1802
HENRY WAKE 1805 to 1807
At the WHEATSHEAF by 1822
1807 - 1812?
Previously at the KINGS HEAD Went to RAMPANT HORSE
March 1812 - 1820

Mentioned in the trial of `Royalist rioters' 1648.
Robert Haddon said he was attending at the Angel at the time of the blowing up of the Committee House.

In October 1751 the Norwich Mercury announced that, "Mr Pinchbeck's Panopticon machine" and the "Learn'd French Dog" were to be seen at the Angel in the Market Place.

William Coleman in occupation when Bankruptcy Commissioners met here 12th May 1776 to discuss the Estate and Effects of bankrupt Thomas Hirst, Linen Draper.

Advertised TO LETT 2nd September 1780.
A well accustomed House & Tavern, with a Coffee-room, and a large new-built Dining-room, elegantly fitted up, and all Stables, Granaries, Coach-house, and other convenient Buildings.......In good and substantial repair....Coaches to and from London set up at the Inn, going out every Night, except Saturday, and returning every Day, except Sunday.

The meeting place of the Masonic Lodge 83 on fourth Wednesday of the month in 1783.

Address as 25 Market Place 1783, 16 Market Place in 1802.

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)

John Balls announced Saturday 4th December 1802 that he had taken on the entire premises and completely furnished and fitted up the house with Beds and Furniture proper for the reception of the first families.

January 5th 1804 - Captain Dickens of the Shropshire militia took on a considerable wager to walk the 47 miles from the Angel Norwich to the Angel, Gt Yarmouth and return, within 12 hours. He performed the task with apparent ease completing the journey in 11 hours and a half.

Henry Wake announced 7th December 1805 those intending to attend the Ball and Supper on Tuesday 17th December, should advise within the next few days if they would require Dinner, and an early application for Beds was recommended.

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. The name of the Hundred for which the house was appropriated was to be displayed at each house.

Thomas Sadler advised the Nobility, Gentry and Gentlemen Travellers, 3rd October 1807, that he had taken the Inn.

Mr. Bullock's Valuable and Extensive Museum of Natural History and Productions of Fine Arts was on display in the Large Room, Angel Inn, during January 1812.
Consisting of many thousands of exhibits including Quadrupeds, Birds, Fishes, Reptiles, Insects and Shells from every part of the habitable globe, prepared so as to appear exactly as when alive. Foreign Curiosities, including many identical articles as collected by Captain Cook during his voyage of discovery.
Admission One Shilling. Tickets valid for the duration of the exhibition Five Shillings each. Catalogues describing upwards of 10,000 curiosities to be had at 2s 6d each.

The Norfolk Chronicle of 14th August 1814 advertised that the `Telegraph', a new and light day coach, departed from here for London every Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 8:00am.
Insides were charged at 25 shillings, outsides at 15 shillings.
Travel was through Stratton, Scole, Eye, Ipswich, Colchester, Witham and Chelmsford, arriving at the THREE NUNS, Whitechapel at precisely 9:00pm.

In 1815 Lord Albermarle and Norfolk Member of Parliament, T. W. Cooke were chased into the Angel by an angry mob that they had managed to upset in the nearby Jolly Farmers. The mob broke down gates but were kept back by staff while the unfortunate pair slipped out of the back and headed on horseback for the safety of the countryside.
(They headed for Quidenham)

Madame Tussaud's Magnificent Collection of Whole-length Composition Figures, as large as life, consisting of Ninety Public Characters, recently viewed with universal admiration by the Nobility and Gentry, of Paris and London, were available for viewing in the Large Room, for Positively a Very Short Time from 13th February 1819.

The Duke of Wellington stayed here in 1820.

Thomas Saddler is given here from at least 1807 however by 1822 he is at the WHEATSHEAF and bankrupt by 1823.

William Thomas Saddler announced 19th August 1826 that he had taken over the house, so many years occupied by his father. (Thomas Saddler)
At the same time he was disposing of his Old Established Grocery and Tea Warehouse, near the Hall, Market Place, Norwich.

Headquarters of the Whigs in 1830's

By 1830 the `Times' left for London at 5:45 am and the `Royal Mail' at 5:00pm - every day. A Post Coach left for Cromer at 3:30pm every day except Sundays and only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Winter.

Advertised to be let from Christmas 1839 - One of the best situated Commercial Inns in Norwich, with capital stabling, Large yard &c.
Again advertised to let, with immediate possession, March 1840.

During the last week of May 1840 the ANGEL Inn was to be sold in 7 lots. The whole property having a frontage to the Market of 19 feet and near 300 feet to the Back of the Inns.
Lot 1 was a shop next to the Market Place, with keeping room at the back, kitchen under shop and cellar under the keeping room, large arched coal and wine cellars and arched pantry. On the first floor a large front sitting room known as the GLOBE, with a bed room at the back, above the Globe and excellent sitting room with bed room and closet adjoining.
Lot 2 a very spacious Room at the entrance to Angel Yard, called the Reading Room with excellent cellar under, a good tea room and store closet. Two bed rooms on first floor and three sleeping rooms on the upper story
Lot 3 the Porter Room with cellar under, bed room over and attic above.
Lot 4 An excellent Parlour called the FOUNTAIN with entrance hall and kitchen adjoining, coal and wine cellars. Above three bed rooms, numbers 15, 16 and 17.
Lot 5 a capital six horse stable with sleeping rooms 18, 19 and 20 over.
Lot 6 two very good five-stall stables with straw and hay-lofts over.
Lot 7 to comprise two exceeding good upper sitting rooms, one of which has a Bay facing the Market; and two good bed rooms adjoining.

On Monday 29th June 1840 the Hotel, Yards, Shop and other parts were for sale in ONE LOT.

Site became that of the ROYAL HOTEL.
It was announced 8th July 1840 that having been recently disposed of, the ANGEL INN had been refurbished and fitted up and would be in future be known as the ROYAL HOTEL






Thanks to Stuart Mclaren for 1751 info. June 2010