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Haunted Norwich pub closes

PUBLISHED: 11:24 07 June 2019 | UPDATED: 17:03 07 June 2019

The Wildman pub in Norwich has closed. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

The Wildman pub in Norwich has closed. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

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The Wildman in Norwich's Bedford Street is up to let.

The Wildman pub in Norwich has closed. Picture: Ella WilkinsonThe Wildman pub in Norwich has closed. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

The pub was taken over in August 2018 and underwent a £3,000 refurbishment under its new management.

But now owners of the pub, Punch, said they are once again searching for new tenants to take over the lease.

Punch, as well as management at the pub, have been approached for comment.

The Wildman pub in Norwich has closed. Picture: Ella WilkinsonThe Wildman pub in Norwich has closed. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

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At the time it was renovated to have a more "cosmopolitan" feel, serving cakes and coffee during the day, and new ales, cocktails, local spirits and DJ sets at night.

Other business managers on Bedford Street said they had seen no one at the venue for three or four weeks.

But new landlords of the pub might want to look into its history before signing on the dotted line as the pub is reportedly haunted.

The reasoning behind the pub's name varies. Some say the pub was named after Peter the 'wild boy', who was arrested having been found wandering the streets of Norwich in the 18th century.

A few years later it was discovered that this prisoner was in fact a man who disappeared from home aged 39 and never returned.

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Another theory about the 'wild boy' name is that the pub was named after a child who burned to death in the cellar of the pub.

The building was used to house prisoners when cells at the castle became too full in the 1800s.

The story goes that a 16-year-old boy was sentenced to hang for stealing his master's handkerchief.

In an attempt to burn down the doors and escape, the 'wild boy' was burned to death and is said to haunt the site.

Sudden drops of temperature are often reported in the rooms, and former landlords have reported heavy beer barrels moving around of their own accord.

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