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.

Courtesy Michael Wilkes
April 2007

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

Licensing Details:

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

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