When the Kings Head closed it was feared that the residents of Norton would lose their pub forever. An application for a small housing development on the pub car park caused concern that the viability of the Kings Head as a destination food pub would make it unviable as a business. However, probably against expectations and after extensive renovations, it re-opened in August 2017 as the New Dawn Inn.
This page will be updated with additional information.
Steve Maidment has done some extensive research on the Kings Head at Norton on behalf of the Norton & Leigh Historical Society. I am very grateful to Steve for giving me permission to share his detailed work on the Kings Head via the following link:
Map Reference: SO 857241
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1891: Charles Betteridge Walker (free from brewery tie)
Rateable Value in 1903: £34.10s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: George N. Walker (free from brewery tie)
Closing time in 1903: 10pm
Landlords at the Kings Head include:
1856 G. Simmons
1885 Alfred Simmons
1891,1903 Alfred Thomas Simmons
1919 Mrs Mary Elizabeth James
1927,1939 Ralph James
1966-1968 Russell (‘Blondie’) and Doreen Head (moved to the Fox and Elms, Tuffley)
1970’s Dave Hill
1998,2005 Michael Dee