Thetford – 27 White Hart Street (King’s Head Inn)

The King’s Head Inn on White Hart Street has been trading since the eighteenth century, although the frontage was modified in 1878. The building to the right of the former entrance to the stabling area has also long since become a separate property.

The pub is currently closed and CAMRA still report it as being operated by Heineken, although it’s possible that they’ve sold it off. I certainly hope that Heineken aren’t currently involved with the pub, since in recent years some of the outbuildings have collapsed and the police discovered a substantial cannabis factory operating within the closed pub.

The 1939 register which covers the pub, showing that there were six people living at the property. The details of one are redacted, but the others are Bertram Morley, John Fletcher, Audrey Grave, Rebecca Grave and Sidney Grave. It’s the latter who is listed as the victualler, or landlord, and he remained at the pub until 1950.

There is currently a planning permission application for this building, with a proposal to turn the top floors into three flats. Fortunately, there are plans to keep the pub element on the ground floor trading, a plan which I hope comes to pass.