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FREEBRIDGE -LYNN HUNDRED FULL LICENCE CLOSED 04.06.1962
FREEBRIDGE-LYNN LICENCE REGISTER taken 8th September 1794
THOMAS BELL Leased to Francis Dalton of Swaffham from 1802
SWAFFHAM BREWERY Lot no. 29 in sale of the estate of the late John Morse, held 8th & 9th September 1847
STEWARD & PATTESON  
Licensees :
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THOMAS BELL 1794
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THOMAS GREEN 1830 - 1847
WILLIAM DEWING
age 34 in 1851
& horse breaker
(Thomas Dewing 1856)
1850 - 1858
FRANCIS BUSH Here March 1859
WILLIAM DEWING 1861 - 1663
WILLIAM HOOK 1864
SAMUEL HOOK
also given as HOOKS 1871 & 1875
1865 - 1875
Mrs ELIZABETH HOOK (S) 1877 - 1883
GEORGE TAYLOR junior 1888 - 1896
WILLIAM BROWN 1898 - 1900
GEORGE JEWSON 1904
CHARLES EAGLE 1908 - 1929
WALTER WILLIAM WALKER 1933 - 1937
GEORGE WALTER WARNES by 02.1950
CLIFFORD BARNES 04.03.1959
EDGAR ARCHIE GRIMES 18.08.1958
DUDLEY ALBERT GRIMBLE 04.06.1962



Known as the GREEN MAN to at least 1783.

Offered for lease in 1802 as the SHIP

Appears in Swaffham Brewery Deeds 1803 - 1842

Described at auction 1847 as:-
Including, Large Garden, Stable, Gig House, Piggery and Convenient Outbuildings attached; Also a Cottage adjoining - All Freehold.

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All the Household Furniture and Effects, late the property of Thomas Green, were to be sold by auction Monday 6th November 1848.

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Licensee Francis Bush purchased a horse from William Smith, painter, for the sum of £10. The mare, warranted sound, turned out to be lame. Smith claimed that all were aware of the condition of the horse, since were it perfect he would have asked for £25. At the trial, Friday 18th March 1859, the Judge observed that he was never more in the mind to send one or two of the defence witnesses to take their trial for perjury. Bush had contradicted the witness statements but the witnesses had contradicted themselves. The Judge observed that they had not been drilled enough, the prosecution replied that it was because they had not been drilled at all.
Immediate repayment was required to Mr. Bush.

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Benjamin Simms, alias William Smith, known as Butter Billy, was sentenced at Norwich Assizes, to ten years penal servitude, for breaking into the Ship, Castleacre.
On Thursday 17th January 1868 he had woken Mrs. Hooks at two o'clock in the morning in her bedroom. Another man was heard on the stairs. Both men made a swift exit with their booty upon Simms being recognised. Mrs Hooks raised Mr. Hooks from his bedroom and he gave chase, but it was too late.
The thieves escaped with £12 10s in gold, some 10s in copper and a small amount of silver. Five silver spoons, a leg of pork and some bacon were also stolen. The police discovered a trail of coppers along the road leading from the Ship to Simms house, dropped in the haste of escape.
Simms was said to be a member of a gang of thieves infesting the village and neighbourhood.
On Wednesday 29th April 1868 Simms was transferred from Swaffham House of Correction to Pentonville Prison.

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William Brown gave evidence at the Grimston Magistrates Court 26th September 1898 regarding a drunk and disorderly charge.
He is described as licensee of the Ship at Castle Acre.


Licence not renewed 1st February 1965

Became an antiques shop after closure.