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25 St STEPHENS ROAD St STEPHEN FULL LICENCE  
NORWICH LICENCE REGISTERS PS 1/8/1 to PS 1/8/4 ( 1865 - 1965 )
YOUNGS & Co  
BULLARDS c1899
WATNEY MANN  
NORWICH BREWERY  
PUNCH TAVERNS by 2009
Licensees :
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JONATHAN BOAST 1810
? 1811
Mr BOAST 1819
WILLIAM ARNOLD 1822 - 1824
SAMUEL SHEEN 1830
ROBERT JOHNSON 1833
ROBERT POWLEY 1836 - 1846
MATTHEW WILDE 1850 - 1854
WILLIAM SPURLING 1856 - 1866
WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER BROWNE by 04.1867
CHARLOTTE BROWNE 20.11.1894
WILLIAM GEORGE BROWNE 11.05.1897
GEORGE COMER 11.10.1904
CHRISTOPHER ARNOLD 15.07.1913
ADA MARIA ARNOLD 29.12.1942
WALTER CHARLES MITCHELL 04.06.1946
SAM BALME TOWNEND 03.09.1963
KENNETH FREDERICK BROWN
( and wife Joy )
07.01.1969
EDWARD KENDLE THACKERY 21.07.1970
ROSE & CHARLES HARRISON 08.02.1972
.PERCY EDGAR RUSH 20.11.1979
TERRANCE JOHN RYAN 22.04.1980
TIMOTHY ROBERT SHARMAN 05.01.1982
BARRY McCABE 22.03.1983
ROBERT FISHER 18.10.1983
DAVID WATSON &
JOHN EDWARD LEMMON
07.01.1986
PHILIP PALFREY &
JOHN EDWARD LEMMON
12.11.1991
MATTHEW JOSEPH SHERWOOD &
JOHN EDWARD LEMMON
28.04.1992
CYRIL HOPE &
DEAN PATRICK SYKES
15.11.1994
GAIL HOPE &
DEAN PATRICK SYKES
14.02.1995
PETER JAMES NOLAN 16.07.1996
PETER JAMES NOLAN &
NEVILLE SNELL
13.08.1996
.NEVILLE SNELL &
QUINTON FREDERIC STARBUCK
19.11.1996
Name changed to FINNEGANS WAKE 1997 - 2001
Name changed to FINNEGANS 2001
Name back to TROWELL & HAMMER 9th April 2002
Mrs C & Mr J E Newbury by 04.2005
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 c1988
c1988

Earliest known deeds dated 24th February 1700 when
known as the SPITTLE HOUSE and leased by
John & Elizabeth Dinch.

Named the LAZAR in 1755

One of 40 houses named as being engaged for the Reception of Freeholders for Sir John Woodhouse and Sir Edward Astley's Friends on the Day of Election, Wednesday 14th April 1784.
Then named the HAMMER & TROWEL, St. Stephens Gates.

One of 36 Norwich houses opened for the reception of Voters in the interest of Mr. Windham and Mr. Coke on election day Thursday 13th November 1806. The name of the Hundred for which the house was appropriated was to be displayed at each house.


First found as the TROWEL & HAMMER in 1811

Offered for sale Monday 15th September 1819, then in the occupation of Mr Boast who `will give up possession Michaelmas next.'

As at St. Stephens Gates 1830 & 1845

William C. Browne advised his Friends and the Public, 13th April 1867, that he had taken the Inn. He had previously been Coachman to Mr. J. H. Gurney Esq. and before that in the employ of the late J. Pilgrim Esq.


At the County Court, Monday 10th February 1913, it was heard that domestic servant Ellen Gillett had on 21st December 1912, entrusted the ostler in the employ of George Comer with her bicycle. She usually paid 2d or 3d for leaving the machine at the public house. She had not seen the bicycle since leaving it in charge of the ostler. The prosecution pointed out that signs saying "First Class accommodation for motorists and cyclists" and "Good Accommodation for motorists and cyclists" were exhibited on the premises.
Ellen Gillett and the other user of the bicycle, Ruth Kett, sought return of the machine or in default £6 10s, the value of the bicycle and 10s damages.
Although the ostler denied receiving the machine on the day stated and a stableman not seeing Ellen Gillett on the day, His Honour said it was a plain case and was he innkeeper's liability. He ordered Comer to pay the value of the property, but disallowed the claim for damages.

Tudor Lounge created in 1953 from what had been the original stables of the coaching inn.

Oak Lounge created in 1969 ( Opened June ) by
` combining the original lounge, snug and public bar into one large room, retaining an atmosphere of yesteryear'.
Lunchtime restaurant facilities were then introduced in the Tudor Lounge.
Chicken curry was on the menu at 6/- ( 30p)
Grilled rump steak and all the trimmings for 12/3 ( 61p)
A businessman's lunch of soup, traditional English dish and sweet would cost 10/6 (53p).
Snacks including ploughman's lunches and daily hot dish could be had in the Oak Lounge.

Renamed 03.07.1997 FINNEGANS WAKE,
an Irish Theme pub.

Back to the TROWEL & HAMMER April 2002

  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
1850's No 7 6 Yes
Series of modern brick extensions at rear - 1980's
Some interior walls demolished to create larger bar area.
1920's doors and fittings.
1920's fireplace and back bar.
1920's leaded light window in back bar.
Low beamed ceiling, many original beams.
Artex walls and modern studwork.
Large horseshoe shaped front bar attached to central service core and inter-connecting with back bar.
Deep buttoned draylon settees, Britannia tables.
Neo Edwardian decor.