Steward and Patteson,
The Pockthorpe Brewery, 108 BARRACK STREET
The gates are closed and the brewery stands empty. The last beer had been brewed on the site a few months before, in January 1970. The chimney was demolished in 1974, and the rest of the brewery followed soon after. The pub between the ESSO Garage and the brewery was called the SPORTSMAN; although it was right next door to the S & P brewery it was a BULLARDS pub! This closed over 20 years ago, and was a solicitor’s office for some time. It is no longer used as a pub or a legal office, but the building is still there – which cannot be said of Cutmore’s Garage, the Esso filling station. STEWARD and PATTESON bitter was still available, only it went by the name of Norwich Bitter. In the same way BULLARDS ale was still produced under the name of Norwich Mild, although both brands were brewed in the old Morgan’s brewery site in King Street. As well as the SPORTSMAN building, the property on the same side of the road beyond the brewery is also still there; this used to be the brewer’s head office. In 1969, the year before closure, all the Pockthorpe Brewery was still operational, only the name had changed to the new owners; Watney Mann. This name has also disappeared long ago, and after a brief period in Norwich brewing firmament the city became a desert in brewing terms. Luckily the growth of the micro-brewery has changed this state of affairs.
The three storey block of council flats on the other side of the road (extreme left of the picture) have been demolished, although they were in perfect structural condition. As I recall they were sold by the council during a property bubble, which inevitably burst soon after, with the consequent long period of delay in rebuilding, which is still not complete. It was a shame though for all those tenants who had bought their flats in the expectation of living out their days in their familiar homes, newly purchased. Incidentally a car parked on the roadside is a brown Daf 44, which I had just got out of to take the photograph!
97 KING STREET
Of the two buildings shown here one has vanished and one is in a distressingly derelict state. Of all the changes that have happened to Norwich in the years since the Second World War, the decade of the 1960s has undoubtedly seen the greatest alteration of the city. Rows of houses between St Catherine’s Plain and the Dereham Road have disappeared to make way for the inner link road and St Stephens was a narrow one way street in 1959. Where Rouen Road now is was a network of narrow lanes, Anglia Square was only dreamed of and there were no tower blocks. There was an RAF station where Norwich Airport now is and there were three railway stations and a busy port of seagoing shipping. It had both a gas works and an electricity generating station and every Saturday livestock were brought into the very centre of the city for sale. The library was in Duke Street, a large chocolate factory dominated Chapelfield and Theatre Street was so narrow that opposite St Stephen’s church it had to be controlled by traffic lights. By contrast, the forty odd years since 1970 have seen relatively modest changes.
Howard House meanwhile has been deteriorating from a pleasant if unused building to the state it is in today. The name of the house comes from its former owners, the Duke of Norfolk’s Howard family who also gave their name to Surrey Street and Duke Street. As you can clearly see from the face of the sundial it dates from 1840.
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