The Hotels History
J.D. Young Hotel Harleston is steeped in history, the famous painter Sir Alfred Munnings used to stay at the hotel and eat here on a regular basis. Unfortunately, or perhaps most fortunately, for the owners at the time, when it came to paying his bill he usually had no money available and so always offered a gift of one of his paintings to pay his tab. His paintings are now selling at around £40,000 each at auction.
Rumour has it that Sir Winston Churchill stayed here for one night when visiting Norfolk during World War II for a meeting with General Eisenhower. We are making more enquiries in an effort to substantiate this.
Many famous people have passed through this sleepy Norfolk town and these hotel doors during the centuries that it has been open – so our researches continue – and we would be most grateful for any information from Harleston residents past and present, or Norfolk historians who would care to contact us.
arleston is mentioned in the Doomsday Book, and is a town full of historic and traditional Norfolk buildings, many dating from the 15th C. Most of them are heavily disguised with Georgian or Victorian brick frontages, but clues can be picked up by looking up at the roofs. A very steep pitch and overhanging eaves! Used to be thatched? Or a third floor with windows? But – not windows at all but clever forgeries to make us think the roof is higher! And beautiful Candlers House, mellow red brick, built in the reign of William and Mary.
The town is also riddled with small alleys and passages, which are said to have originated from the walk ways between Harlestons market stalls on the site of the original market which dates from the 14thC. Some of these rejoice in names such as Dragon Alley, Hope Alley, Keeleys Yard and Straight Lane.
J. D. Young Hotel Harleston is part of this rich town history and is a great place to stay when exploring Norfolks heritage.
Welcome to J.D. Young Hotel Harleston Norfolk
The J.D. Young Hotel Harleston is a 15th century Norfolk Coaching Inn, formerly known as the Harleston Magpie Hotel. Situated in the beautiful market town of Harleston Norfolk it was sympathetically restored in 1999 having been left to deteriorate during the preceding 15 years, and the refurbishment’s have been completed to a very high standard.
The whole building has a wonderful air of luxury with walls warmly panelled in oak or papered in rich colours, a wealth of interesting and colourful oil paintings and glowing table lamps, each room is different in décor and atmosphere.
As well as being a great Norfolk Hotel we also boast a great restaurant and bar where you will find a friendly Harleston welcome. The website has information about the surrounding area and history of the Hotel. If you would like to contact us please use the contact menu item at the top of the page. We look forward to welcoming you.
We have free WiFi and live football on the Plasma screens in the sports bar.
Disabled toilets and baby changing facilities are available.
Free Car Park available at side of the Hotel reception area.
Norfolk Hotel we also boast a great restaurant and bar
As well as being a great Norfolk Hotel we also boast a fabulous restaurant and bar where you will find a friendly Harleston welcome.Read about our restaurant & bar