Landmark city centre building up for rent for £45,000 a year

Jayne and Nigel Raffles when they opened the Library as a restaurant in 2006. They closed it last ye

Jayne and Nigel Raffles when they opened the Library as a restaurant in 2006. They closed it last year. Pic: EDP/Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant

One of Norwich’s most historic buildings, which has stood empty for more than a year, is up for rent.

For rent: The Library, for £45,000 a year. Pic: EDP

For rent: The Library, for £45,000 a year. Pic: EDP - Credit: Archant

The Library, Guildhall Hill, closed in July 2019 as a restaurant run by Jayne and Nigel Raffles for 13 years. New tenants are being sought for the building which also has rates of £20,000 and a lease running for 15 years.

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The Library building when it was a public library, closing in 1976. Pic: EDP

The Library building when it was a public library, closing in 1976. Pic: EDP - Credit: Archant

The Library, owned by Norwich City Council, is one of the oldest subscription libraries in England, dating from 1784. It operated as a library until 1976. Originally housed in St Andrew’s Hall, the library moved to Guildhall Hill in 1837. After a serious fire in 1898 the inside had to be rebuilt but it closed in 1976 and the books were presented to Norwich School.

The Grade II-listed building then housed an advice centre until it became, in 2006, The Library Restaurant. The Raffles’ ran it as a restaurant until they closed it in July 2019 after several sales of the business fell through.

Agent London-based Restaurant Property described it as a “stunning Grade II listed building” offering 4,259 sqft of space over three floors.

The Library dates to the 18th century. It is now up for rent for £45,000 a year. Pic: EDP

The Library dates to the 18th century. It is now up for rent for £45,000 a year. Pic: EDP - Credit: Archant