The Maids Head is a 4-star heritage hotel located in the heart of historic Norwich, opposite the famous Norman Cathedral and just around the corner from Norwich Castle. Like many of our Heritage Hotels, it has a fascinating tale to tell…
It was more than 800 years ago that I began my journey. I was an Inn called the Mold Fishe then and before me, the Norman Bishops had their first palace here. In 1359 I had the honour of looking after Edward the Black Prince, eldest son of Edward III, who came to Norwich for a jousting competition. My name changed during the 15th Century and John Paston confirmed this by writing to a friend in 1482, recommending the Maids Head as a good place to stable his horse – very kind of him. Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, stayed with me in 1520. Was she on the way to Walsingham to pray for a son? I survived the great civil commotion of the summer of 1549, when Master Kett led his rebels into Norwich. He occupied me as his headquarters, but had to leave when the Earl of Warwick arrived in our city and routed his army at Dussindale. In 1587 Good Queen Bess visited Norwich and I named one of my rooms in her honour. She was followed by Master Kemp, who famously danced from London to Norwich in 1599. I was pleased to help him recover. I was a popular meeting place for Royalists during the Civil War – quite dangerous in a Roundhead city. Then, by the 1760s, I was a successful coaching inn, proudly operating as the home of the London bound Norwich Machine. I’d like to thank Walter Rye, who bought me in 1889 to preserve my historic character. He also extended me onto Tombland, putting me opposite our great Norman Cathedral. During the 20th Century owners came and went, but now I’m looked after by the Chaplin family who are giving me a contemporary makeover, to ensure that I look my best for 21st century guests.
There are many hotels, but of them I am unique.
I am the Maids Head Hotel.
I am a Classic British Hotel.
I am proud to be different.
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