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Call for heritage list after historic plaque goes missing in Thorpe St Andrew

PUBLISHED: 10:13 19 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:13 19 February 2015

The stone plaque which has gone missing in Thorpe St Andrew.

The stone plaque which has gone missing in Thorpe St Andrew.

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The disappearance of a stone plaque which was on the side of a pub wall in Thorpe St Andrew has prompted calls for the creation of a heritage register of the town's distinctive features.

Thorpe Town mayor John Ward at the site where a stone plaque has been stolen from the side of the Rushcutters, which marked the pub's association with Norwich's Steward and Patteson brewery.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.Thorpe Town mayor John Ward at the site where a stone plaque has been stolen from the side of the Rushcutters, which marked the pub's association with Norwich's Steward and Patteson brewery. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The stone, on a boundary wall by the river between the Rushcutters pub car park and the River Green in Yarmouth Road, marked the pub’s association with Norwich’s Steward and Patteson brewery.

Its disappearance was spotted by Keith Callaby, who runs the Love Thorpe St Andrew website and enjoys taking photographs of the town while out and about on his morning walks.

He said: “It appears to have been kicked or chiselled out of the wall.

“I was wondering if the stone has fallen in the river, but it’s so dirty you can’t see if it’s in there.

“I’m told there are people who do take historic plaques and carvings.

“It’s a shame because once they are gone, they are gone forever.”

Thorpe St Andrew Town Mayor John Ward said: “It’s sad that a plaque which is a little bit of the history of Thorpe St Andrew has been stolen.”

Steven Ford, Thorpe St Andrew Town Council’s clerk, said the council was hoping to enlist the help of Broadland District Council in preparing a list of features, like the plaque, which are part of the heritage of the town and help to give it its character.

Do you have a story about Thorpe St Andrew? Call reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772474.

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