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JOHN SECKER CLARKE From 1870 : Purchased 25 September 1874 by Mr Fred Bullard from the exors. of Mr J S Clarke.
BULLARDS    
WATNEY MANN 04.04.1967 - 1991
INNTREPRENEUR 1991 - 1997
1406 PUB COMPANY 1997
COLCHESTER INNS 1999 - PAULA & GRAHAM WHITEHOUSE
Licensees :
RICHARD ANDREWS 1656
WILLIAM WHITTACRE 1656 - 1667
THOMAS BELL 1691 - 1694
THOMAS WARD 1705 - 1709
JOHN BRAY 1732 - 1749
FRANCIS MOSEY
(death reported 16th December 1780 - a few days since)
1749 - 1765
RICHARD HARRIMAN
(Richard Harman 1794)
1765 - 1812
SAMUEL & ANNE BIRCHAM 1814 - 1822
JOHN SECKER 1822 - 1823
CHARLES COOKE TUCKER
(Died 2nd July 1846)
See opposite
1830 - 1834
CHARLES TATTAM
age 40 in 1841
1834 - 1844
JAMES SPANTON 
age 56 in 1851
(Previously at the GREYHOUND, Norwich)
1844 - 1854
JAMES BREESE & farmer 174 acres
age 45 in 1861
1856 - 1864
HENRY GARNER & postmaster
age 63 in 1871
by 12.1864 - 1875
CHRISTMAS STAPLETON
age 67 in 1901
(Died Q2 1912 - age 79)
1877 - 1904
WILLIAM PASHLEY 1907 - 1909
ERNEST PASHLEY 1912
LEWIS JAMES COPE 1916 
WILLIAM MURTON LOOMES 1920
LEWIS JAMES COPE 1922
EDWARD GARRETT 1922 - 1925
DAISY GERTRUDE BARRETT 1925
RICHARD BEARD 12.10.1926
JOHN ERNEST NEALE 04.06.1929
DAVID JOHN GATHERCOLE 08.08.1933
ALICE EMMA GATHERCOLE 30.06.1934
FRANCIS C. CLARK 09.04.1957
 - 1979
STEPHEN ROWLANDS 26.04.1979
JENNY & JOHN BARRINGTON MACAIRE BALL 25.06.1981 - 1986
LEAH LLOYD 1992 - 1995
KEVIN PERRY 1995 - 1996
PAULA & GRAHAM WHITEHOUSE 1996
MATTHEW MILLER
manager
from 2003









See `AYLSHAM INNS & PUBLIC HOUSES, a History'
Extracts shown by permission of Elizabeth Gale.
Mr Cooks coach - outside the Black Boys Hotel.

Mr Cooks coach c1908

In 1625 John Potts of Mannington summons a local attorney
"by 8 of the clock in the morning to be at the signe of the BLACK BOY in Ailsham for the hearing of the said business."

Present building said to date to 1650.
As the THREE BLACK BOYS 1652
and when referenced 1785 by Parson Woodforde.

On Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th April 1786 there was a `Main of Cocks fought between the Gentlemen of Suffolk and the Gentlemen of Norfolk.' 5 Guineas per Battle and 20 the Odd.

Although Charles Tucker is given as licensee in the 1836 trades directory, Charles Tattum, in May 1834, advised the Nobility, Gentry and the Public that he had taken the Inn. The Opening Dinner would be on Tuesday 20th May 1834.

Charles Tattum recommended his Successor, James Spanton, to his Friends and the Public in a notification dated March 1844.
In an accompanying announcement Mr. Spanton, pledged to refurbish the establishment and offered All of the Household Furniture for Sale by Auction to be held Thursday, 18th April 1844 and the following day. Also included Six Riding or Gig Horses, Post Chaise, Chariot, Neat Gig and Harness, &c, &c.

At the Norfolk Sessions, held at Norwich Shirehall on Wednesday 15th October 1845, 48 year old William Drake was found guilty of stealing a door, the property of James Spanton. He received 21 days imprisonment.

On the evening of Wednesday 16th January 1850, Mr. Spanton served a Dinner in the large room for about forty gentlemen, who apparently each gave a toast in celebration of the new gas lights which, that night, were lit for the first time. After Dinner the Assembly Room was cleared of tables and seats and the Ball commenced at soon after nine o'clock. About 100 Ladies and Gentlemen attended and the dancing was kept up with great spirit until four o'clock in the morning.




The business card of James Breese c1860

During the last week of August 1859. a clergyman, well known in the neighbourhood for his extreme views on total abstinence, called at the Inn, seeking the services of the `boots' of the establishment and called repeatedly for the porter. Being an excessively sultry day and the demand seemingly an urgent one, a tankard of Truman, Hanbury & Buxton's Entire was speedily presented to his reverence, who in turn dismissed the `vile compound' with disgust, much to the amusement of the lookers-on who were aware of his objections to intoxicating liquors.


Mr. Henry Garner gave his opening dinner on Tuesday 20th December 1864.
Described as recently of the FEATHERS at Holt, he served about seventy guests a dinner of the most recherché description and the wines were excellent. Through the generosity of Mr. Garner, tickets were supplied for the poor of the parish for the liberal supply of first-rate soup.

On Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th March 1871 there was a `Main of Cocks fought between the Gentlemen of Suffolk and the Gentlemen of Norfolk.' The usual prize was 5 Guineas per battle, but the odd Battle had a prize of 50 Guineas. 


A bill was sent to Mr Forster of Aylsham, 03.02.1898 by Mr Christmas Stapleton. The sum of £6/4/- was due for the hire of a miscellany of horse drawn transport during the year 1897.

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James Wells of Cawston, Farm Bailiff
was accused at the Petty Sessions 12th February 1920, 
of `unlawfully consuming certain intoxicating liquor, to wit, Whiskey, during such hours as prohibited...'  
The offence had taken place on 6th February 1920.
William Medler, Horse Slaughterer, also charged with the same offence, both were fined £1.

The licensee who appeared in court accused of selling the whiskey out of hours was William Murton Loomes and he was fined £5.
(Mr Loomes has not been found recorded as licensee in any other document)

The information was provided by Welcome William Basham, Deputy Chief Constable.

 

Thanks to Christopher Pipe July 2009 for 1625 reference.