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DEREHAM ROAD FOREHOE HUNDRED FULL LICENCE CLOSED December 1997
TAVERHAM LICENCE REGISTER PS 9/8/3 (1903 - 1957)
YOUNGS, CRAWSHAY & YOUNGS Built 1936
BULLARDS 1958
WATNEY MANN  
NORWICH BREWERY    
BRENT WALKER   
INNTREPRENEUR by 1994
WIZARD INNS December 1997
Licensees :
WILLIAM GEORGE TYRELL
(Representative of the Brewers)
01.09.1936
WILLIAM HERBERT BARNEY
Died Q2 1948 age 48
13.10.1936
ROSA BARNEY 04.05.1948
NORMAN MacDONALD CRAIG 09.11.1948
KATE MAY CRAIG 15.07.1952
ARTHUR WILLIAM EASTON 06.10.1953
ROBERT LAW 16.11.1954
PERCY EDGAR RUSH 18.04.1972
JOHN O. BROWN 21.11.1972
PERCY EDGAR RUSH 02.04.1975
JOHN W G SHIRLEY 10.06.1975
PAUL DAVID TAYLOR 22.11.1977
PERCY EDGAR RUSH 20.11.1979
JAMES NICHOL 07.10.1980
TONY STUBBS 09.02.1982
MICHAEL NICHOLS &
PAUL ANDERSON-CARLES
11.06.1983
RICHARD CHARLES CLARKE 11.09.1984
ALAN ROWELL 14.05.1985
MICHAEL SPOONER 30.10.1990
KEITH HARPER &
DONALD McCALLUM
08.01.1991
CHRISTOPHER PAUL HILES &
DONALD McCALLUM
04.02.1992
VICTOR THOMAS HILES 28.09.1993
MARK RANDAL DONAGHUE &
BELINDA DONOGHUE
08.12.1988


1936

Licence of the TIGER - Norwich transferred 1936.


Trading under the banner of
Mrs FARROWS BETTER HALF 1983 - 1985
Believed to have specialised in a Fish & Chip menu.

A popular music venue from 1991.
Known as the OVAL ROCKHOUSE.
The final music played in May 1998.
Chris Hiles, a one time roadie for Iron Maiden, promoted several hundred bands during his time at the house. (1991 to 1998).
One such group, the Nodding Donkies, were in fact Iron Maiden in disguise. In April 1998, to say farewell to the music venue, Iron Maiden appeared again, this time under the name of The Angel and the Gamblers.

Purchased by Wizard Inns 1997 and closed May 1998 for substantial refurbishment. Reopened November 1998 as the
 WAGGON & HORSES

  The Norwich Pub Survey of 1986, compiled by the Norwich Society, in association with Norwich City Council, assessed the house:-
{ Surveyed when named Mrs. Farrow - The Better Half }
 
 
Approx date of building Listed Quality Pre-war fittings surviving
External Internal
1936 No 5 2 No
Main structure 1936 - Alterations to front in 1983.
Recently modernised frontage included sham Georgian semi-circular headed windows.
Two rooms - restaurant and lounge.
Modern fittings throughout.