For Sale By Auction: Swanhaven, Fakenham Road, East Bilney, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 4HT
Nestled in the picturesque village of East Bilney, Norfolk, stands a piece of local history – a four-bedroom, semi-detached freehold house that was once the thriving hub of a Morgan’s Ale and Stout Pub. Offering a unique blend of historic charm and modern potential, this property is set to go under the hammer at our next property auction on 20th February, presenting a rare opportunity for prospective buyers.
The property boasts a fascinating past, having served as a vital establishment within the village community. Stepping into this house, one can’t help but feel the echoes of its lively past as a beloved local pub. The spacious layout comprises four bedrooms, offering ample living space for a family or those seeking a tranquil retreat in the heart of Norfolk.
What sets this property apart is the large detached annex, offering possibilities for expansion and development, subject to the necessary consents. This annex holds immense potential for creative minds, whether envisioned as a guest house, studio, or a separate living quarter.
East Bilney, though now part of the parish of Beetley, retains its unique identity and charm. Situated just 7.8 kilometres north-west of Dereham and 30 kilometres north-west of Norwich, the village offers a serene countryside lifestyle while providing convenient access to nearby urban centres.
The allure of this property deepens when one delves into its fascinating pub history. The site’s legacy dates back to the establishment of a Morgan’s Ale and Stout Pub, a significant brewery founded in 1720. Registered in 1887, the brewery quickly rose to prominence, boasting control over 600 tied houses by 1904.
With time, the brewery saw changes in ownership, being jointly acquired by local breweries, Steward & Patteson Ltd and Bullard & Sons, who divided the estate between them. Bullard & Sons continued to own and operate the brewery until 1964 when it transitioned to Watney Mann Ltd. Despite changing hands, it remained a staple and the longest-surviving traditional brewery in Norwich until its closure in 1985.
The transition from a thriving pub to a residential property symbolises a chapter of local history, and this house stands as a living testament to that heritage.
Now, this charming property with its historical significance stands ready to embrace a new chapter, welcoming a new owner to weave their story within its walls. Whether for its historical value, potential for development, or serene village location, this house represents a unique opportunity for those captivated by Norfolk’s rich heritage and tranquil countryside living.
As the auction date draws near, anticipation mounts for the next custodian to step forward and become part of the legacy of this once-bustling Morgan’s Ale and Stout Pub turned inviting Norfolk home.
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