Back in the day, when I first moved to Norwich, Elm Hill held such wonder. With medieval buildings, a cobbled street and antique shops galore, it is still one of my favourite places.
One of the places I love most on Elm Hill has to be the Britons Arms. A tea too serving some of the best cream teas in Norwich, it has character in bucketloads. In fact, it was the building that inspired plans for my own tea shop (the idea is on a backburner in case my career goes belly up, so forgive me for not sharing!).
According to numerous sources, it was built in the 15th century, avoiding a great fire and changes to the city, eventually becoming a tea room in the 1950s.
All that is set to change now, with the Britons Arms up for auction. Norwich City Council have cited spiralling maintenance costs as the reason for the sale. However, it’s unclear what the building would become when it’s sold, meaning its heritage may no longer be available to the public.
As a result a local campaign has begun, with an online petition asking Norwich City Council to save the building.
It would be a terrible shame if this building were no longer open to the public, so I’d like to ask you for 5 minutes of your time and sign the petition. If you can spare the time to share this post with your friends, even better.