Holmwood: The Norfolk Arms

The Norfolk Arms in 1908

The Norfolk Arms in 1908

The Norfolk Arms is situated on the western carriageway of the A24 at Mid Holmwood.

It was built in the early 1830s when a diversion in the route of the turnpike road left the Nags Head opposite short of the road. It remained a public house until the late 1960s.

The pub was the centre of village life in the Mid and North Holmwood areas, its landlords holding a fair with rides and games on the Common each year. A hut to the rear was the meeting hall of the Ancient Order of Foresters who would march in great number once a year down to St Mary Magdalene church together with bands and representatives of the fire brigades and other organisations.

The inns nineteenth century landlord kept horses and ran a carrying business that eventually became the Norfolk Garage (now Norfolk Tractors).

The building was substantially remodelled in 1908. The rather Georgian shallow pitch of its roof was replaced with a steep-pitched Victorian-style roof and a new wing with bays was added.

The Norfolk is now a private house.

One thought on “Holmwood: The Norfolk Arms”

  1. Michael reed says:

    I remember the north folk arms and church in southolmwood I went to the primary school in the 1960s fab memories southolmwood

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