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The Bell Hotel

This pub played its part in World War II.

5 Orford Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3QB

The Bell Hotel is said to date from 1485 and was later one of the city’s leading coaching inns. During World War II, the top floor was turned into a dormitory for the American Women’s Army Air Corps.

An illustration and text about Sir Edward Coke.

The text reads: Born in Mileham, Norfolk, Edward Cooke attended school in Norwich; Trinity College, Cambridge, and was then called to the Bar.

He had a rapid rise becoming an MP, Attorney general, and Chief Justice of the King’s Bench & Privy Council. However, his opposition to infringements of “national rights” by the Church and the Crown led to his removal from the Bench and imprisonment in the Tower.

His Institutes are the earliest text books on modern common law.

An old copy of an advert for The Bell Hotel.

The RAF Norwich emblem, followed by text.

The text reads: In 1929, in the Sergeants’ Mess and RAF Andover, three men named Vernon Goodhand, Joe Pearce and Warrant Officer Bartlett met to discuss the formation of a single organisation dedicated to the welfare of serving and ex-serving RAF personnel. By 1930 a provisional committee had been formed and in 1936 King George VI gave his patronage, the association has been honoured with Royal patronage ever since. 

An old copy of the Eastern Daily Press.

A print of Pulls Ferry, c1910.


If you have information on the history of this pub, then we’d like you to share it with us. Please e-mail all information to: pubhistories@jdwetherspoon.co.uk