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Which Norwich pub does this 7ft long divider come from?

The large early 20th century pub divider which will be auctioned at Keys in Aylsham. Valuer and auctioneer Henry Hammond. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The large early 20th century pub divider which will be auctioned at Keys in Aylsham. Valuer and auctioneer Henry Hammond. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

A 7ft-long piece of Norwich pub history is going under the hammer in Aylsham - and the auctioneers are appealing for older drinkers to identify which pub it came from.

The rare early 20th century lead glazed ‘Youngs, Crawshay & Youngs’ pub room divider, measuring more than 7ft long, is wooden-framed.

It has leaded glass panels featuring the words ‘Youngs, Crawshay & Youngs’, as well as ‘Ales’, ‘Wines’, ‘Stout’ and ‘Spirits’. It also features a pineapple design, and swag detail, and is estimated to fetch between £1,500 and £2,000.

There were 50 YC&Y’s pubs in the city at the time, and the auctioneers are asking older pub-goers if anyone recognises the eye-catching piece.

It’s one of over 2,000 lots in Keys fine art auctioneer’s two-day antiques sale in Aylsham today and tomorrow.

Valuer and auctioneer Paul Goodley, who will be wielding the hammer at the sale, said: “This is a real piece of Norwich pub history, from the days when the city had a pub for every day of the year.

“We know that it came from a Norwich pub, but we don’t know which one.

“It would be really nice to find out. Perhaps someone of an older generation can remember the divider in situ.

“Who knows, if the pub still exists, perhaps the regulars might like to club together and bid to get it back for their local?”

Youngs, Crawshay & Youngs was founded in 1888, occupying a three-acre site in King Street, Norwich.

In 1900 the company became pioneers in modernising pubs, replacing the then common brick floors that were covered with sand, with lino, carpets and rugs.

The ornate glass divider would have featured in one of these ‘new’ pubs, about which both RIBA and the city’s heritage watchdog, the Norwich Society were reported to express approval.

The brewery’s 50 tied houses were taken over by Bullards in 1956, and the brewery closed two years later.

Other lots in the auction include 13 lots of Lowestoft porcelain, including a rare birth tablet from 1772, estimated at £15,000 - £17,000, and late 19th century mahogany cased clock, marked ‘LNER’ and believed to have been associated with Wroxham station, estimated at £600 - £700. Other lots include a large vintage black and white painted sign with raised lettering: ‘Wroxham’, described as ‘probably of railway origin’, estimated at £40 - £60 and a Lalique glass vase, estimated at £1,500 - £1,700.

The Evening News has been urging people to return to pubs in our Love your Local campaign. Visit www.eveningnews24.co.uk/loveyour local for more stories.

The pub divider is due to go under the hammer tomorrow afternoon. It can be viewed from 8.30am today and tomorrow. More details of all lots on offer at www.keysauctions.co.uk

Do you know which pub the divider comes from? Let us know. Email David Bale at david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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