The World's End
The World's End
ON THIS PAGE is information on the World's End; memories; some organisations that met there; a list of Landlords and breweries
Situated on the Norwich Road (B1113) just to the north of Mulbarton Common, the present World's End probably dates from the 17th Century with later additions, although the stable block (see photo below) was demolished to enlarge the car park. Besides being a fully licensed inn, it was used for auction sales (e.g. of 'Carpenters' and other the houses west of the Common in 1873) and for petty sessions during the 19th century. It was obviously a thriving country inn:
are held on their Monday of each month, at the World's End inn, where there is
an Odd fellows' Lodge, and a good bowling-green, much resorted to, in summer,
by company from Norwich'
(White's Directory, 1845. Petty sessions are still held on the same day each month by the time of the 1869 Post Office Directory)
The bowling green seems to have been extended, or incorporated, into a much larger 'Pleasure Ground' during the days of William Todd, in the 1880s and '90s.
The Brewery Outing to our Village Mulbarton c.1890
- and bless me if I remember a rainy day - along came the Brewer's men, their
wives and their children. They came from the town to our village, the horses
would be dressed up with plumes and ribbons, and al the people in their Sunday
best.... As soon as the cavalcade arrived, the horses would be taken to the
stables, and the people would all make for the pub. They'd have dinner there,
and boy what a dinner! And speechifying of course. Then on to the Common for
Sports. My! Didn't I love the barrel-rolling.... Those men who were going in for
the race would gather at a certain place, then at the word 'Go' they'd roll
those barrels at a spanking pace - just using one hand to keep the thing a-rolling....
When it began to grow dark, the horses would be harnessed to the drays, and off
they'd go at a fine trot, the women holding torches aloft. Many's the time I've
followed them most of the way back to the town.
(Extract from 'Within Living Memory - a collection of Norfolk Reminiscences' (written and compiled by members of the Norfolk Federation of WIs, 1971) All anonymous.)
The presence of another pub - a 'beer house' in fact - at the south end of the village seems to have been no threat, and for a time there were family links:
'In 1907 my Grandfather and Grandmother, 4 sons and a daughter, moved to the World's End. His name was Harry H. Carver. His daughter later kept the Tradesman's Arms for over 30 years - Frank and Blanche Swain.' Nesda Gray (nee Carver)
Numerous clubs met or held functions in the World's End, including a bowls club, the Oddfellows (above), and (after World War 1) the British Legion. No-one quite knows who the Mulbarton Knuts were (below), what they did or how long they lasted! Clubs that met in the nearby Parish Hall, such as the Men's Social Club and the Boxing Club also had close links with the pub.
Mr. Bailey (brought up in Church Cottages ) remembers his grandfather and Uncle Lee going to the World's End regularly. "Sometimes I slipped in and sat on the old settle and played the concertina."
Both pubs were popular with GIs from the nearby USAAF base at Hethel, who could easily walk or cycle here.
Another villager comments, 'At the top of the Common stood the World's End - somewhat higher class and not so welcoming [as the Tradesman's Arms]. This was kept by Mr. Swift and his son. There were rooms that were hired for meetings and a large Club Room where a boxing club run by Lenny Dack had its home and gave good shows.'
Licencees & Breweries
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Licensees of the World's End
1776 - 81 William Larter - when offered for sale by auction, to be held at the WHITE SWAN, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich, as advertised in the Norfolk Chronicle 7th September 1776
In 1836 Samuel Fletcher
In 1839 William Fulcher
In 1845 Samuel Fulcher
1851 - 1890 William Todd - listed as 'Victualler' 1864; 'World's
End and bowling green', 1868 & 1904; 'Pleasure Ground proprieter &
victualler, Worlds End', 1883, 1890.
(Mulbarton Pond known as 'Todd's Pit')
William Todd was born in Mulbarton and baptised here in 1809, the son of John Todd and Mary nee Brighty. Most of the family moved away - his eldest brother, John was a successful tailor and cloth merchant in Norwich; his older sister, Maria, married Charles Myhill who ran the harness-maker's shop in Bracon Ash.
1891 - 2 Robert A Howlin(s)
1896 - 1904 Edward Hardy Edey
1905 - 1907 Edward Howard
1907 - 1912 Henry (Harry?) Hewitt Carver - came from
Bramerton Woods End
(Grandfather of Nesda Gray (nee Carver), came with his wife, four sons and a daughter. One daughter married Frank Swain, who became licensee of Tradesman's Arms, Mulbarton. By 1916 he is listed as a 'Farmer')
1916 - 1922 Richard Ernest Smith. who was living at the World's End with his wife Elizabeth and three daughters and a servant in 1921. He was then aged 57. Although both Richard and his wife were Norwich-born, all their daughters had been born in or near Kimberley, a mining area in South Africa.
1924 - 1929 William Denny - a South African (pictured above with Mulbarton Knuts)
1929 - 1930 Victor Watson = Lord Holmes
of Court. Allegedly evicted by the Brewery due to
his continual late hours serving and non-payment of taxes.
1930 - 35 Thomas Pearce (when listed as 'Ye Olde Worlds End')
From Parish Council Minutes: 23.01.34 'No objection raised to the transfer of the licence of the World's End Inn'
1935 - 1936 John Cooper
1937 - 1957 William H. Swift (see also photos above with GIs and Boxing Club)
From Parish Council Minutes: 14.3.57 'Clerk.. received a
letter [about] a change of tenant at the Worlds End.'
1957 - 1958 A Thomas
1958 - 1978 Albert & Norma Brighton
(Born Newton Flotman; lived at World's End with son and twin daughters. Designed a 'World's End tie' with the insignia of a globe splitting apart.) Below: old sign, now on wall in main room
1979 - 1982 Andrew Gillham - formerly a London policeman.
Part of the Anglian Host Group from 1983:
1983 - 84 Roger Scott-Phillips & Gloria
1984 - 88 Pat & Sue Marshall
1989, Feb - Oct Mike & Teresa Jessup
1990 Matthew Lawson & David Carter
1991 - 1992 Ken Baker & -?- Chisnell
(Phoenix Inns / Adnams - temporary managers)
1996 Derek & Lynn
1996 - 1997 Robert & Tracey Leonard
1998 Michael Hodge (current landlord)
Breweries at the World's End
Youngs, Crawshay & Youngs
Anglia Hosts Group (1983 to 1996)
Inns / Adnams (from 1996)