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Former Norwich pub is put on sale for £250,000

PUBLISHED: 06:55 16 August 2014

The Magpie pub when it was still a thriving business.

The Magpie pub when it was still a thriving business.

It was once a thriving community pub in north Norwich, but in more recent years it’s been better known as a derelict eyesore.

The former Magpie pub in Magpie Road, which dates back to about 1806, has been empty since 2006.

But the current owners have put it on the market, with a guide price of £250,000.

It’s being advertised by Hillcrest agents in King Street, Norwich as a development opportunity.

Plans have been drawn up for either conversion to eight studio flats or four two-bedroom flats, and a large barn at the rear of the property could also be converted or demolished.

While a planning application has not yet been submitted, Yvonne Astley, a Hillcrest director, said: “There has already been lots of interest in the property. I’m sure that people in the area will be happy that something is being done to the site.

“While plans have been drawn up for its conversion into flats, if someone wanted to turn it back into a pub, they could, but it does not look as if anyone wants to.”

Mancroft ward city councillor Amy Stammers said: “It’s a shame to lose a community asset like that.

“Pubs traditionally have been places where people have congregated and shared their thoughts of the day. At the same time, there is a need for houses and I hope they develop it sensibly.”

When it was a pub, The Magpie was also known as The Weighing Machine and Weighing Chains. The property was auctioned off about five years ago and sold for £165,000.

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  • I wish I could afford it! Between 1839 and 1894 it was run by 3 generations of the Dunthorne family starting with my 5 x Great-Grandfather, John and followed by his son, Samuel and ( briefly ) his son, also Samuel, my 3 x Gt. Grandad!

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    Lynne Wood

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • The last owners were friends of friends. The plan was to demolish the pub and build new premises. However if they had done their homework they would have found that the celler has parts of the old City Wall in it, hence why it has been left in such a state for so long. Another pub gone to the wall and left as an eyesore.

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    Ian F

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Welcomed in the new millennium at The Magpie. New year parties normally don't live up to expectations but the one here did.

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