Vet Practice Gives Magdalen Arms in Gorleston a New Lease of Life

Elissa Norman at the Magdalen Arms

A 66 year old pub in Gorleston, Norfolk, which has been closed for more than two years, is to reopen later this year as a small animal veterinary hospital.  The Magdalen Arms in Gorleston was built in 1954 and is listed for preservation, thanks to original features including its Dutch gables and the falcon logo of local brewery Lacon’s, which is incorporated into the brick work.  The Veterinary Hospital and Surgery, part of CVS (UK) Ltd, has a veterinary hospital in Lowestoft and a surgery in Gorleston which it has outgrown.  It had been looking for a larger site with more parking for some time when Clinical Director Elissa Norman realised that the Magdalen Arms could offer everything they needed.

She said: “I’m proud to say that we are a busy practice with a growing client base which means that our current base in Gorleston is increasingly cramped.  Public buildings, such as pubs, can make good sites for veterinary clinics because they offer good access, parking and are often in central locations.  I have lived close to the Magdalen Arms and have always thought it to be a beautiful building.  Even better though, it has the space inside to enable us to create a state of the art clinic with five consulting rooms and two operating theatres.  We will preserve all the listed aspects of the building and are building an extension at the back to house our kennelling.  The conversion work is well underway and it’s so exciting to see our new clinic taking shape before our eyes.  We hope to be welcoming our first patients in November 2016.”

She continued: “It’s been particularly heart-warming to have such support from the local community because, in creating our new clinic, we are also preserving a much loved building for the future.  It obviously holds a strong place in many people’s memories and we are asking them to share their stories of the Magdalen Arms and will be involving them in the launch of the clinic.”

The Veterinary Surgery is currently based at 221 Beccles Road, Gorleston and can be contacted on 01493 661833.