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Wetheringsett is part of the Wetheringsett-cum-Brockford parish
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last updated 18/09/2017
Wetheringsett Trowel & Hammerhistorical era: mid 20th century
closed September 30th, 1960
last owner Greene King
While doing some family history research I came across your Web Site and in particular the entry for the Trowel & Hammer in Wetheringsett. My grandfather, Walter Ager, was the Licensee there from 1913 until 1960 when the pub closed and became a private residence. The pub was struck by lightning in 1939 which destroyed the thatched roof & roof beams. The roof was replaced with a tiled roof which may well be the roof of the house shown in your photograph. While the roof was being repaired my grandfather continued to sell beer from a shed in front and to the side of the pub. As far as I know the house in your photograph although extended and modified is basically the original pub building.
I was born in 1938 and well remember during the latter years of the 2nd World War many USAF airmen visiting the pub from a nearby airbase. After my grandfather retired from the pub he lived with his son (my uncle) in the cottage next door.
My grandfather died in Dec 1960.
(information supplied by David Allard)
The pub is shown here on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
Closure date from Hartismere licensing records.
(** information supplied by David Allard)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.