"In 1904 there were 46 pubs in Dereham (then called East Dereham) and the adjoining villages of Scarning, Etling Green and Toftwood"

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Dereham Pubs circa 1904

Brother Kendall My interest in the history of Dereham pubs came from the many conversations I had with local old timer Alan 'Brother' Kendall. Brother had used all the pubs of Dereham at one time or another throughout his long life and he was happy to tell you a tale about each one of them. With my encouragement he produced a list of Dereham pubs that he could remember, HERE he gave copies to anyone who was interested. That list was the startng point in producing this website. I was also lucky enough to meet local historian Terry Davy who gave me lots of imformation about Dereham pubs. Terry wrote or collaborated in a number of books about Dereham. (See Bibliography) Within the website I have quoted from these books, due credit given of course. Apart from the aforementioned many others have helped with this website. They have provided photos and information and pointed out errors. Many thanks to them. If you can help in anyway please feel free to email me.
In producing this website I have used the term 'pub' to include hotels that have a bar open to non residents and private members clubs where the main activity is drinking. I have excluded special interest clubs like the cricket and rugby clubs and the political clubs. I used 1904 as the starting point as this seemed to be the heyday, it was also the year of an important Licensing Act which lead to the closure of many pubs.

Frank Shaw
Dereham, March '11
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Spring Cottage, Scarning Black Horse, Scarning Carpenters Arms, Scarning Chequers, Swaffham Road George Hotel, Swaffham Hill Cherry Tree, Theatre Street Bell, Theatre Street Plough, Swanton Road Duke of Wellington, Wellington Road Cattle Market Inn, Market Place Eagle, Market Place Kings Arms, Market Place Red Lion, Red Lion Street Half Moon & Dukes Head, Quebec Street White Lion & Crown,  Church St Nelson, High Street Bull, High Street Oxford, Green Man and Greyhound High Street Cock, Norwich Street Kings Head, Norwich Street Grapes, Norwich Street Fleece, Norwich Street Earl of Leicester, Cowper Road Coachmakers, Norwich Road Crown, Norwich Road Rose, Baxter Row Royal Standard & Light Horse, Baxter Row London Tavern, Baxter Row Swan, London Road Fox & Hounds, London Road Railway Tavern, Yaxham Road Jolly Farmers, Yaxham Road Golden Ball, South Green Three Tuns, Toftwood Three Horseshoes, Toftwood Millwrights Arms, Toftwood Ramblers Rest, Toftwood Red Lion & Bell, Etling Green Old Oak, Swaffham Hill