Record Details

NHER Number:40947
Type of record:Building
Name:Former Bidwell's Brewery building, 17 and 19 Old Market Street


Former brewery building of mid 19th-century date. It is made from flint with gault brick dressings and a slate roof. It has an arcade of five recessed bays to the first and second floors which now contain 20th-century windows. The hipped roof features two malting louvers. An associated warehouse building extends to the north-east. Other nearby buildings associated with Bidwell's Brewery include an adjacent former warehouse (NHER 40948) and a former Maltmaster's House (NHER 63727). All three buildings are listed Grade II.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 87300 82792
Map Sheet:TL88SE

Full description

March 1971. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description:
Former brewery. Mid 19th century.
Three-four storeys, flint with gault brick dressings and slate roofs. Arcade of five recessed bays to first and second floors now with 20th century windows. Pediment over two left bays - remaining bays have two more storeys with arches and a hipped roof containing two malting louvers. Two-storey warehousing extends north-east under a gabled slate roof.
Details from (S1).
E. Rose (NLA) 23 November 2004.

Bidwell's Brewery was a family-run business that was established in Thetford in 1710 and grew rapidly throughout the Victorian period. When it was sold in 1905 the business owned 105 hotels and pubs as well as malthouses and various other buildings in the town. The main Old Market Street brewery continued to be known as Bidwell's Brewery until 1924, when it was sold to Bullard's and brewing ceased at this location.
Information from (S2).
P. Watkins (HES), 10 October 2019.

Monument Types

  • BREWERY (Constructed, 19th Century - 1833 AD? to 1866 AD? (at some time))
  • WAREHOUSE (Constructed, 19th Century - 1833 AD? to 1866 AD? (at some time))

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 716.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1297823.
<S2>Website: 2018. Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse - Bidwell’s Brewery. 10 October 2019.

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