Historic west Norfolk pub sold - but it will stay as a pub

The Lattice House has been sold by Wetherspoon's. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Lattice House has been sold by Wetherspoon's. Picture: Matthew Usher.

An historic JD Wetherspoon pub in King's Lynn has been sold - but it will remain as a pub and the existing staff will be offered jobs under the new management.

The Grade II listed Lattice House in Chapel Street was one of 34 JD Wetherspoon pubs that were put on the market late last year.

The other JD Wetherspoon venue in the town centre, the Globe Hotel on Tuesday Market Place, is being retained.

The company bought the Lattice House in November 1998.

A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon confirmed the sale, for an undisclosed amount, to the Hawthorn Leisure estate.

Wetherspoon's last trading day will be May 7, and a spokesman said that all the staff at the Lattice House would be offered a job at the new pub.

Chief Executive for Hawthorn Leisure, Gerry Carroll said: 'We are delighted to welcome management and staff into the Hawthorn team as they transfer across with the pub.

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'It will be business as usual from completion and our relentless focus on people, quality and delivering great value will ensure that we continue to offer a fantastic proposition for our customers.'

According to its website, Hawthorn Leisure is a new pub company which was formed in 2013 to acquire, invest in and support pubs across the UK.

It owns a diverse range of over 350 pubs across the UK comprising everything from local/traditional community pubs to country inns and high-street pubs.

The building that houses the Lattice House became an inn in 1714 and remained as such until 1919 when it was forced to close.

It was originally a 15th century house used by the clerks of the nearby St Nicholas' Chapel.

Town historian Dr Paul Richards said the Lattice House was one of 59 pubs closed during the First World War, when the public feeling was that drunkenness was no longer appropriate.

He added it was under threat of being demolished in the 1970s because of property development but was restored in 1980.

JD Wetherspoon has just under 1,000 pubs, and was founded 37 years ago.

Do you work at the Lattice House? How do you feel about the sale? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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