TG2208 : The Thatched Cottage

taken 4 months ago, near to Norwich, Norfolk, Great Britain

The Thatched Cottage
The Thatched Cottage
This Grade 2 listed cottage which dates from the 17th century is situated in St Swithin's Alley, just down from St Swithin's church, and it narrowly escaped the 1930s slum clearances in the area. In the 19th century, it was a pub called the 'Hampshire Hog'. Its landlord was the boxer John "Licker" Pratt, who, in 1850, beat fellow publican Jem Mace, the future middleweight champion of England in a bare-knuckle fight that lasted over two hours. A fragment of the adjacent Hampshire Hog Yard also remains. The old gate > Link leading into said yard is still in place, as is the yard's original name sign > Link.

The Norwich photographer and historian George Plunkett has the following information and as well as a photograph of the cottage, taken in 1938 > LinkExternal link . "Adjacent to St Swithin's church in St Benedict's Street is St Swithin's Alley where, straddling the lane, is an old house reconditioned in the 1930s by the Norwich Amenities Preservation Society. This is notable as one of the few ancient buildings within the city walls still retaining a covering of thatch. A yard at the rear bears the name of the Hampshire Hog, the sign of an adjacent tavern, being possibly the last house in England where the game of logats was played. The logats, resembling policemen's truncheons, were to be tossed as near as possible to a wheel-shaped jack which had previously been thrown towards the opposite end of the ground; there was some similarity to the game of bowls."

The cottage is one of only six thatched dwellings in Norwich, due to a ban on thatched roofing issued in Tudor times because of the high fire risk of thatch.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 18 August, 2019   (more nearby)
Monday, 19 August, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2259 0886 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:37.9091N 1:17.2685E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2259 0885
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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