A pub with style
Over 300 years old, the earliest known deeds go back to 1700, when the pub was known as the Spittle House. Today, the Trowel & Hammer has been refurbished yet still contains some original exposed timber beam features.
Over 300 years old, the earliest known deeds go back to 1700, when the pub was known as the Spittle House – believed to be a corruption of the word hospital, as it is documented that it was frequented by ‘lepers, lame and decrepit persons’!*
By 1811 it was operating as a tavern and in 1829 the artist William Martin (1753 to 1831) is said to have lodged here albeit in very poor circumstances. Martin had painted two large pictures namely ‘The Death of Lady Jane Grey’ and ‘Queen Eleanor, Consort to Edward I’, both of which hung for some time in St Andrew’s Hall.
From 1997-2002 the pub was transformed into Finnegans Wake, an Irish theme pub. Today, this friendly inn trades as the Trowel & Hammer inn and has been refurbished yet still contains some original features.
The discovery of a 25 metre well is a further insight into the pubs history. It was during a period when the pub was undergoing a makeover in 2011 when the plumber discovered a 25 metre well directly next to the pub. City historians believe this to be an important find with the well helping add to the overall picture of Norwich during medieval times, when it was the second city in England, after London.
*Source – Norwich Heritage Projects
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The Trowel & Hammer
25 St Stephens Road
Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3SP