Record Details

NHER Number:19252
Type of record:Building
Name:Countryman Public House (former Bird in Hand)


This tall narrow building has three storeys and Dutch gables to the east and west. Two side windows on the north side are blocked by the roof of a lean-to extension. The exterior is of brick and has been rendered over in recent times. This form of this public house is very similar to others in the area, like the Anchor in Coltishall, and it is probably of 18th century date.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 2080 9576
Map Sheet:TM29NW

Full description

Tall narrow building of three storeys. Dutch gables to east and west. Two side windows on north blocked by roof of lean-to extension. Three windows (one on each floor) in west gable wall. Brick, rendered over in recent times. Photograph of barrel-vaulted brick cellars published in 1975.
See (S1).

June 1983.
Very similar to 17th century tall narrow buildings such as that at the Anchor Public House, Coltishall. But in this case more likely an 18th century date.
E. Rose (NAU) 8 June 1983.

In 1845, nine thousand three hundred beasts were stabled here by drovers. In 1846, only twelve - owing to the opening of the railway, despite the distance away.
See (S2).
E. Rose (NAU) 10 November 1986.

Architect's plans (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 21 April 2005.

Monument Types

  • INN (Post Medieval to Modern - 1700 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Simmons, J.. The Railway in Town and Country 1830-1914..
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. c.1975. Eastern Daily Press.
<S2>Publication: Mackie. Norfolk Annals. I, 453.
<S3>Graphic material: Various. Various. Architectural plans..

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