Bell | Cherry Tree
On this c1905 photo of the Cherry Tree you can see the sign for the Bell (partially obscured by the tree).
In the 1901 Directory it is described as "Bell Hotel"
It is now the Bell Yard social housing complex.
Recent refurbishment work prior to the reopening has revealed the old name "Cherry Tree Market Inn"
Nancy and Dougie Turner
kept the Cherry Tree from 1965 until they retired in October 1985. This
photograph shows them behind the bar with the pipe smoking compiler of
this website who suceeded them as licensee.
It was the bane of Dougie's life that the general public used his
outside toilets, but he kept his sense of humour, calling them "Ladies not
Laddys" and "Hims Ancient and Modern." At one time there was a
Durex machine in the Gents but it got broken into so many times that
Dougie started selling them across the bar. The Ladies was kept locked,
so that it was necessary for lady customers to ask for the key at the bar,
which was a bit embarrassing for some.
Before taking over the Cherry Tree Nancy and Dougie kept the Royal Oak,
Fakenham. It is now an estate
Frank and Gina Shaw took over the Cherry Tree when Nancy and Dougie
retired. After extensive alterations to the premises, including
installing inside toilets and enlarging the lounge bar there was was an
official opening night. The photo shows Frank's Mum, Winnie, with
stepfather Bryan looking on (with flat beer!!) pulling the first pint to celebrate the end of the refurbishment programme. Bryan, sadly is no longer with us, but Winnie kept active into her 80s helping her other son in the Churchill
Some of the Regulars in the Frank and Gina Period
Steve and Tony
Geoff in party hat
Jack Baker and Ronnie Billman
Robin and Yvonne
What a condom is for
|Jo - Landlady Sept 99 - July 02
| Mary - Landlady July 02 - Jan 04
Two happy punters, 22 March
Happy punter 22 March 2004
Sadly - no longer with us
Carla Number 1
The Tuck Family
entry - Tuck, Mahershalalhashbaz, Cherry Tree, Theatre
When, in January 1943, Ernest John Tuck retired after 50 years as
landlord of the Cherry Tree it ended 91 years of the Tuck reign.
Ernest was preceded as landlord by his father 'Maha' and he by his
father John (2,8).
This poem explains how 'Maha' came by his