SOME HISTORY OF THE PUB
On the Beehive's first day of trading on 27th
October 1959, The Eastern Evening News, our
local newspaper, had a full page feature
advertisement on page 9.
It's interesting to see how pubs have changed
over the last forty years when you see the list of
features which included:-
Bullards Beers (An old Norwich brewery)
Public & Saloon Bars!
Retail Department (off-licence to you and me)
Large Car Park
and not forgetting... Central Heating!
The tenants at the time had no heating upstairs
in the flat - it must of been mighty cold up there, I
can tell you!
The feature advertisement also listed the
contractors who carried out the vital works on
the building - see if you remember them, and
which ones are still around today:-
Thos. Gill & Son Ltd., Hall Road, Norwich - Main
contractor for the pub.
Edward J. Edwards - Forecourt Surfacing.
Gale & Galey, 72 Prince Of Wales Rd. Norwich -
Fireplaces Of Distinction - they boasted 300
models to choose from!
Holmes, Norwich Ltd., Globe Lane, Cattle
Market, Norwich - Flooring specialists.
Attoes Of Stump Cross, 54-56 Magdalen Street,
Norwich - Furniture specialists for the licensed
Dixon's Paints, Barking, Essex.
Gilbert C. Lamb, 15 Colgate, Norwich - Sign
W.J. & F. Taylor Ltd., 98 Pottergate, Norwich -
Brown & Payne, Bedford Street, Norwich -
Electricians (specialists in Neon signs!)
G. Wilson Ltd., St Margarets Street, Norwich -
As well as The Beehive throwing its doors open
for the first time on October 27th, the pub shares
it birthday with Norwich station Anglia Television.
What a dilemma to face the people of Sprowston
that day - new pub or new TV station? Couldn't
really set the VCR back in 1959!
Below - Eastern Evening News - Opening Day -
Tuesday October 27th, 1959 !!
NEW PUBLIC HOUSE OPENED
- Eastern Evening News, 27th October 1959
A new public-house, the Beehive, at Cannerby
Lane, Sprowston, was opened today on the site
where many years ago, there used to be a farm
house and a "hoss pit".
Mr Gerald Bullard, Chairman of Bullard & Sons
Ltd., Brewers, who opened the new house, said
that the horses would be brought in from the
fields and allowed to "drink and gossip" at the
"It's rather fine to think that this pub has been
built on that site, surrounded, not by farm
buildings, but by one of the finest housing
estates in Norwich. I hope that for many years
the ladies and gentlemen living here will treat
this most splendid building as their horse pit."
The name for the public-house which cost about
£14,000 to build has been taken from a public
house at Diss which has been closed down. The
landlord is Mr Stanley Brown, formerly of the
Rainbow, which has also been closed in King
Hilda & Stanley Brown, and below,
the original pub sign from 1959.
Please note. This is a historic site hosted by Kevin Reed. The Beehive Pub no longer exists as a pub.
Greene King sold it to The East of England Co-op group in 2014. Kev was the first Greene King tenant
to operate the pub between 2000 and 2002. Do feel free to contact us with any comments or memories of the pub!