New book will highlight Norwich’s proud pub past

Much of Norwich's famed pub heritage is being brought back to life as part of a new book which is being published later this month.

The Norwich Heritage Project Group has attempted to revive Norwich's rich pub past by putting together a book, Norwich Pubs and Breweries Past and Present, which delves into the history of brewing in the city.

The voluntary, non-profit-making group is made up of a small group of enthusiasts who combine local historical resource and expertise with modern technology to take a fresh look at the rich and varied heritage of Norwich.

Frances Holmes and her husband Michael, who live in Cringleford, are two members of the group, which has already completed similar projects on Norwich Yards and Norwich Market.

Mrs Holmes said the book, which will be available from July 31, has been a labour of love which has covered somewhere in the region of 450 pubs in total.

She said: 'I have to be totally honest, it was quite a big job, but we got lots of help from lots of people. We tried to do it from a heritage aspect, which meant we got things from a lot of the old breweries. We tried to make it fun but informative.

'We're very pleased with it.'

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The book covers a number of different aspects of Norwich's pub past, including coaching inns, pub art and signs, links with Norwich City FC, the significance of pub names and some of the famous people they represent and old entertainment in pubs.

In December last year, the Evening News published a story urging people who had links to or information about Norwich's pub and brewing heritage to get in touch with the couple.

Mrs Holmes said they were grateful for all the help and contributions they received from people in putting together the book which is being produced in conjunction with the Norfolk branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

She said: 'The nice thing is a lot of people gave us help and thank you to yourselves for making it known because people got in touch with us after that.

'It's quite interesting, we came at it very much from a heritage viewpoint. You don't have to be a big drinker or a beer lover to go to the pub. You go to the pub for the atmosphere and because they're lovely places to go to.'

People will be able to meet the authors of the book, pictured, which fits in with the Evening News's Love Your Local campaign which supports local pubs, at a talk being held at Jarrold in the Pantry Restaurant on Wednesday, August 10 between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

There is also a launch party being held for the book at Dragon Hall, King Street, on Wednesday, August 17 between 5pm and 7pm.

Tickets for the book talk at Jarrold are �5. For more information call 01603 660661.

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