TG2308 : 27 Elm Hill - Britons Arms

taken 3 months ago, near to Norwich, Norfolk, Great Britain

27 Elm Hill - Britons Arms
27 Elm Hill - Britons Arms
Identified as 'Le Godes Hous' in 1347, this building, which was the only one on Elm Hill to survive the devastating fire of 1507, has had many uses. It was the house of surgeons, a place of weaving, and at some other time of saddle and harness making. Perhaps most unusually, it believed by some to have been used as a béguinag - a home to a lay sisterhood of pious women, ie a female community dedicated to religious worship without taking formal vows. In 1864 it was the 'Kings Arms' public house, with the first recorded licensee having been Timothy Gridley, a woolcomber by profession. It is furthermore said to be the oldest licensed house in Norwich, although there are several other contenders for this title, such as the 'Adam and Eve' > Link public house. The name 'Britons Arms' was first used from 1760 onwards and in 1811 the pub was listed as 'Briton Arms', and by 1864 it was 'The True Briton'. Closed during WW2, it never became a pub again and currently is a restaurant and tea shop. Also of interest is that the building is one of only six thatched houses 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, 25 August, 2019   (more nearby)
Monday, 26 August, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2321 0885 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:37.8885N 1:17.8168E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2320 0887
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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