What would have been your local? Looking back on Thetford’s former pubs

The Green Dragon public house in Thetford, festooned with England Football Team memorabillia in prep

The Green Dragon public house in Thetford, festooned with England Football Team memorabillia in preparation for the up coming World Cup.Pictures:SONYA BROWNCopy:For: TBT/EDP©Eastern Daily Press 2006 - Credit: Archant

Pubs are closing across the region.

A map showing all the pubs in Thetford in 1903. Picture: Katherine Peachey

A map showing all the pubs in Thetford in 1903. Picture: Katherine Peachey - Credit: Archant

But in days gone by, it seemed there was one on every corner.

In the early 1900s, Thetford had 31 public houses with one for every 148 residents, nearly doubling the national average of 326.

But 116 years later just four from the original list remain.

Here we have created an interactive map showing the pubs dating back to 1903. Many have closed but leave behind a rich history.


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Despite this, the town has seen more bars and restaurants opening, showing the change in people's social habits.

Earlier this year councillor Terry Jermy said: "People don't tend to go out drinking too much during the week now and if they are drinking, it tends to be at home with supermarket-purchased alcohol."

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Bucking the trend is The Green Dragon which has been purchased by the Craft Union Pub Company and has been undergoing a restoration throughout the year.

-What are your thoughts on pubs in Thetford? Email marc.betts@archant.co.uk

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