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Guide highlights hotel’s colourful past
Article date: 22 Nov 2013

The Bell Hotel, in Norwich, is featured in a new guide to Norfolk’s historic pubs.

The pub, in Orford Hill, is among some of the county’s oldest pubs and hotels featured in a new book, Ye Olde Good Inn Guide – billed as a ‘Tudor traveller’s guide to the nation’s finest taverns’.

The book, by James Moore and Paul Nero and published by The History Press, provides an insight into the drinking customs of 16th-century England and explores the history of the country’s most ancient hostelries – many of which still survive today, including The Bell Hotel.

One of four Wetherspoon pubs in Norwich, The Bell Hotel was opened by the company in December 1993. It is said to date from 1485 and was later one of the city’s leading coaching inns.

During the Second World War, the top floor was used as a dormitory for the American Women’s Army Air Corps.

Co-author James Moore said: “Norfolk has a rich heritage of historic pubs and inns. At a time when 18 pubs are closing a week, it has never been more important to preserve the history of those which have often served their communities for centuries.”

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