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A Brief History of The Club

The building itself could well be contemporary with the foundation of the Club for we know that the house was built in the eighteenth century on land which once formed part of the Greyfriars precinct. The old wall in St. Faiths Lane, behind the Club, was the boundary between the Cathedral Close and Greyfriars. At the time the house was built, or not long after, it was the premises of the Harvey and Hudson Bank and continued to be until 1866 when the bank was transferred to the new Crown Bank, now Hardwick House.

It was not until 1887 that The Norfolk Club, then occupying rented accommodation on Guildhall Hill, purchased the present premises at 17 Upper King Street. The purchase price was £3,600.

When the Club acquired the building certain alterations were made; first the present dining room block was built in 1888, then in the following year the library was created from two smaller rooms. The mosaic tiles in the hall replaced the old flagstones. the Club moved in about Christmas 1888.

“On 9th June 1770, a number of men most sanguinely moved and proposed as follows: That a Select Number of intimate Friends in the County of Norfolk (not exceeding fourteen) do dine together at the Bell Tavern in the Market Place Norwich upon the last Saturday in the months of June, July, August 1770 and in the months of April, May, June, July and August in the next insuring year for ten years to come”.