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300 HEIGHAM STREET NORTH HEIGHAM FULL LICENCE -
NORWICH LICENCE REGISTERS PS 1/8/1  to PS 1/8/4 (1867 - 1965)
TOMPSONS Conveyed to Morgans 25th March 1845
MORGANS 1845 - 1961
BULLARDS 1961 - 1967
WATNEY MANN from 1967
NORWICH BREWERY  
CHEF & BREWER  
ENTERPRISE INNS  
UNIQUE PUBS  (Enterprise Inns) 
Britannia Enterprises Leased by 11.2018 from Ei.
Licensees :
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JOHN COTTON
worsted weaver
1760 - 1764
Mr. T. WOODS
(Died Wednesday 2nd March 1808, age 65, formerly of the Gibraltar.)
pre 1808
JOHN BARKER 1810
JOHN CUSTANCE 1822 - 1836
LYDIA CUSTANCE
age 68 in 1841
1839 - 1842
ANTHONY FREDERICK WILLS
age 35 in 1851
1845 - 1864
JOHN KEEBLE 30.08.1864
Tuesday 16th October 1866 - Fine of 1s and 11s costs for being open for the sale of beer between the hours of three and five on the afternoon of Sunday 14th October.
WILLIAM MARTIN 25.03.1868
EDWARD BOSWELL 10.12.1888
WILLIAM HARRIS 07.05.1889
HERBERT ALFRED BAKER 12.05.1903
Convicted 14.08.1906 of selling to a child in an unsealed vessel.
Fine 2/6d or 7 days detention.
GEORGE THORNE EARL 10.10.1911
STEPHEN WILLIAM BOWEN 26.11.1912
JAMES WILLIAM DENNIS 25.11.1913
SIDNEY SAMUEL LEGGETT 11.01.1916
ELIZABETH KATHLEEN LEGGETT 21.11.1916
SIDNEY SAMUEL LEGGETT 03.02.1920
Convicted 18.03.1926 of selling out of hours.
Fine £2 or 21 days detention.
EDWARD JAMES ELLIS 05.04.1927
PERCY ARTHUR PARKER 21.06.1932
ERNEST MANN 19.06.1934
ARTHUR HERBERT ROPER 15.10.1935
ARTHUR ALBERT CLARKE 05.04.1937
ALFRED JOHN CURSON 07.10.1952
RICHARD GUNDRY 01.1977
ALAN COCKRILL by 02.1977
CHRISTINE BRON 1982 - 1994
IRVIN & JO VERRETT 10.1999
RICHARD JAQUES &
DEBORAH WILLIAMS
to 2008
IRVIN & JO VERRETT 07. 2008 - 08.01.2010
SIMON SHIMMON &
PAUL THOMAS
07.2010
EVIE & TOM ROOD by October 2012 to 09.01.2015
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TONI HUTCHERSON &
DEAN BATH
by June 2017

The GIBRALTAR GARDENS, February 1888. Image by Barry Wilkinson.
Image by Barry Wilkinson - February 1988

Dates as a public house from the early 1700's.

Villains broke in early morning of Tuesday 11th February 1783.
`They stole thereout a quantity of apparel and other articles and escaped undiscovered.'

On Monday 26th June 1786, a young man, bathing at Heigham, was recovered from the river, apparently drowned. The landlord of the Gibraltar public-house took him in and afforded every assistance. The young man walked home to his family the same evening. <Landlord not named in the report>

On Wednesday 1st November 1843, Mr. Wills, of the Gibraltar public-house, was accused of breach of promise or indeed a conspiracy.
Wills had been courting the daughter of Mr. Jonathan Burdett and made a promise of marriage. Miss Burdett had given him 20/- on the basis of the promise. Wills had subsequently declined to marry her and had not returned the money. Upon Mr. Burdett not wishing o proceed with action, Wills promised to restore the money.

John Keeble was granted a new full licence at the Annual Licensing Session, Tuesday 30th August 1864 however the name of house was given as the WOODBINE TAVERN, adjoining the GIBRALTAR. No other reference to the WOODBINE has been discovered and Mr. Keeble is named at the GIBRALTAR in 1865 and later.

Address as Upper Westwick Street in 1822.
Waterworks Road in 1883.
288 Heigham Street to early 1900's.
300 Heigham Street from at least 1912.

Grade II listed from 1954.
Described in 1955 as a `House of great antiquity'.

Up to the late 1970's the public accommodation consisted of a small bar surrounded by timber panelling and a separate lounge.

By the 1980's virtually all the entire ground floor rooms had been incorporated into a single large open space.

Closed from the end of 1999 to March 2000 for further extensive renovations which included a `Trebled pub area to give a Restaurant Pub'.

Closed September 2018 following Ei Publican Partnership (Enterprise Inns) reportedly demanding a 100% increase in rent.

Scheduled to be open again by Christmas 2018, but `of course renamed' to the BRITANNIA GARDENS.

 


  The Norwich Pub Survey of 1986, compiled by the Norwich Society, in association with Norwich City Council, assessed the house:-  
 
Approx date of building Listed Quality Pre-war fittings surviving
External Internal
Main structure c1500 Yes 9 7 Yes
A Flemish weaver's house in 1500's
Said to have been used as a wine store for the nearby Bishop's House.
Became an Ale House about 1704.
Bar/Lounge modernised retaining character of building.
Original fireplace and possibly entrance door.