It’s a famous site in Norwich and now the people running a revamped city pub are hoping to use its history to help bring in the customers.

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The former Bridge House pub in Riverside Road is built on the site of a place of execution for heretics and other offenders in the 16th century.

The site, therefore, has always been known to locals as Lollard’s Pit, and now the newly reopened pub has also adopted the name.

There’s even an impressive new sign hanging outside the pub portraying a group of Protestant martyrs going up in flames, to add to the existing plaque on the wall marking the spot.

Assistant pub manager Mario Elia said: “Since we changed the name of the pub and put up the new signs, we have been getting loads of interest from people.

“People in Norwich know the pub as the Lollard’s Pit, even though it’s never officially been known as that.

“I was not really into history before I came here, but I’m falling in love with the place and its history.”

The new pub, which is privately owned, is open daily throughout the City of Ale event, a 10-day celebration of pubs and brewing in Norwich, which started on Thursday, May 31, and runs until Sunday, June 10.

It will then only be open on weekends before the official opening on July 6. After that, the pub will be open daily.

The Evening News has been urging people to return to pubs in our Love your Local campaign.

To see more stories from the campaign visit eveningnews24.co.uk/loveyourlocal.

Do you know about a pub reopening in Norwich? Call David Bale on 01603 772427 or email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

10 comments

  • I can't believe people are so negative... would you rather this lovely building stood empty or perhaps was knocked down to build more shoebox flats? As for lack of parking - don't you find it sad that people are not prepared to walk? The name is not offensive, think of it as a memorial to those that died... at least people will remember the site and know the story behind it which is the important thing is it not?

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    PhilTompson

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Alecto: dead right. Nauseatingly stupid. This city may have nothing left to sell but its own history, but we don't have to stoop that low.

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    galrita

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Anywhere to park ? No..Close down by christmas..

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    billythebookie2000@yahoo.co.uk

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • A candidate for today's pub of the week?

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    Frank Fryup

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • why the name Lollard?and whats the pit? i actually read the article twice and am none the wiser.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Naming a pub after a place where innocent men died for their beliefs in the most excruciating way possible? Who is their PR company because they need sacking. I will never set foot in there while it has that name.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Brightened my day reading this article! Anybody remember Fungi’s Pit on the Boundary Road ?

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    Orson Carter

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • The Reindeer is thriving and this too was given a few weeks before it closed down !

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • “Since we changed the name of the pub and put up the new signs, we have been getting loads of interest from people. Says it all, and no thanks.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Can't belief how negative people can be... would you rather it stood derelict... it's a lovely building and a lot of the new owners hard earned cash has no doubt been put on the line. As for comment about nowhere to park... why are people so lazy?

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    PhilTompson

    Monday, June 11, 2012

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