Three Norwich pubs get special plaques

Rita McCluskey of the Adam and Eve pub in Norwich receives a Famous Grouse Famous 100 plaque from John Impey, brands development manager Maxxium UK

Rita McCluskey of the Adam and Eve pub in Norwich receives a Famous Grouse Famous 100 plaque from John Impey, brands development manager Maxxium UK

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Three historic Norwich pubs now have special plaques to decorate their walls after they were named among the 100 most historic and interesting watering holes across the UK.

The Adam and Eve, the Murderers and the Trafford Arms were each nominated by Sunday Telegraph readers who were asked to choose their favourite famous pubs for a place in the Famous Grouse Famous 100.

The Trafford Arms in Grove Road made it onto the list thanks its amazing story of triumph over considerable adversity. Originally built in 1885, the pub was severely damaged in a freak cyclone 10 years later, which swept the chimney stack through the roof. Then, in 1942, the building was bombed. It reopened the next year in a temporary wooden building (known as “the chicken house”) and was only rebuilt as a permanent structure in 1955.

Landlord Chris Higgins said: “It’s a nice accolade. Hopefully people nationwide who saw us in the Sunday Telegraph supplement will now pay us a visit.”

The characterful Adam and Eve in Bishopgate is Norwich’s oldest pub, and may have been used as an alehouse for up to 1,500 years.

Documents record its use by workmen building Norwich cathedral in 1249, and it has witnessed some momentous events – including Kett’s rebellion against land enclosure in 1549, and Elizabeth I passing in royal procession in 1578. Landlady Rita McCluskey said: “It’s a great honour and acknowledges the great history of our pub.”

The Murderers is a pub with a split personality, as evidenced by its sign. One side gives its original name, the Gardeners’ Arms, while the other carries its long-standing nickname, the Murderers. The alter-ego comes from an incident in 1895 when the landlady’s daughter was slain by her estranged husband, who escaped the noose after a public outcry.

Landlord Phil Cutter said: “It goes to prove that Norwich has a great heritage in pubs.”

John Impey, a spokesman for Famous Grouse, said: “There are only eight pubs in the whole of East Anglia getting plaques, so three in Norwich shows the quality of the city’s pubs.”

The Evening News has been urging punters to return to pubs with its Love Your Local campaign.

To see more stories from the campaign visit www.eveningnews24.

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