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Public houses of Brundall

The Ram

The Ram
                                      public house, Brundall

There has probably been an Inn on this site on The Street, nearly opposite the church, for about 500 years.
There was a wheelwright's and carpenter's yard at the eastern end where repairs would have been carried
out to the coaches that stopped at the Inn.  In about 1890 Charles Broom, who later became the boat builder,
was the landlord.  Later in 1962 Gordon Rope took over the Ram.  He had been in the Royal Navy
and had sail making  experience.  In 1959 he started his own sail making business in Brundall
and carried on with this when he became landlord of the pub.

The Ram today

The Ram today is hardly recognisable, but the upper storey can be seen to be more
or less the same as the picture above.  Out the back much has changed.

The Yare

Yare Hotel

To get to the Yare Hotel, go down Station Road and over the Railway crossing.
The hotel is on the right hand side.  The dyke shown in this picture now belongs to Broom
Boats and is where they store some of their very large craft.  It is now a popular public house
but on the 1881 census it was called 'Bleak House'.  In 1888 it became the Yare Hotel.  For a short
time in the 1970s it was called 'The Queen Elizabeth' but soon reverted back to being the Yare!

The Yare today

This most recent picture taken in February 2016 from the pedestrian bridge over
the railway line, shows how the building has been changed over the last hundred years.

The original White Horse

Old Beams

This house, situated on The Street in the centre of the village was once a public house known as 'The White Horse'.
From early in the Twentieth Century it was renamed 'The Old Beams' and became a tea room.

Old Beams

This early picture shows the interior of The Old Beams when it was a restaurant.

Lavender House

  The building has been renamed Masala Cottage and is an Indian restaurant with takeaway facilities

The second White Horse

White Horse

The White Horse Hotel in the 1910s. The baby in the carriage is George Spalding whose father and then his
mother were the landlords.  By 1959 it was George's turn to continue the family tradition.
He is with his mother Viola, his father Harry is standing on the left and his two stepsisters
are sitting in the carriage.  In the garden at the back of the hotel he had some chalets built
and transformed a Nissen hut into a Pavilion which he hired out for many a charitable function.
He brought in coachloads of tourists and established cabaret evenings for their entertainment.
In 1973 the pavilion burnt down and George left The White Horse in 1976 to move into
and manage the Uplands Hotel.

View of the White Horse

Here you can see the position of the White Horse in the village.  On the right is Station Road going down to the Railway
and the boatyards, with the former Post Office on the corner.  Just past the hotel on the left is Blofield Road.
The former Post Office was for a time an Estate Agents.  There is a Fish and Chip Shop
nearby.  Note the bus and lorry!

Demolition of the White

This is the sad time when the dear old White Horse was demolished and in its place were built
five 'Executive houses'.  This part of the village is now unrecognisable.

Homes on the site of the
                                      White Horse

The five 'executive houses' on the left of the picture fill the space where the White Horse
previously stood.  On the right at the top of Station Road, you can see the Estate Agents
(formerly the Post Office) and in the distance is The Manor House (click on Listed Buildings
for more information).


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