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SHERIFFE Lot no 6 in sale of the estate of Robert Sheriffe 02.09.1840 : Sold to Samuel Farrow
YOUNGS, CRAWSHAY & YOUNGS   
Licensees :
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JOHN FILBY 1789
THOMAS FILBY 1791
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ENOCH CALVER
(As Carver 1839 )
Died Thursday 8th August 1844 - age 72
1822 - 1840
CHARLES AYTON 1845 - 1846
JOHN BROWNE 1850 - 1851
WILLIAM WARD 1852 - 1858
ROBERT FREEMAN 1861 - 1877
Mrs SUSANNAH FREEMAN 1879
JAMES KERRISON 1883 - 1888
JOHN HUDELL 1890 - 1892
JOHN CATTERMOLE 1896 - 1901
WILLIAM HOLLAND 09.10.1901 - 1905
ALBERT EDWARD SAUNDERS 11.10.1905
EDWARD JOYCE 1908
WILLIAM THOMAS SORE
Age 51 in 1911
1911 - 1915
WALTER SAMUEL HIGH 1916
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The DOLPHIN and the BELL
c1910

In 1830 carrier John Hewett departed every Thursday at 2:00pm for New Buckenham.

Samuel Farrow is reported to have purchased the house in 1840.
He was a timber merchant and is said to have had a brewery on the corner of the Green. It is as yet unknown when Y,C & Youngs became involved with the house.

Recorded as a beerhouse in March 1852 when licensee William Ward was a witness to the arrest of 27 year old Henry Vince. Police constable William Lanham was on duty at midnight, February 13th 1852, when he heard of a riot at the Bell. Upon arrival Ward asked the constable to remove Vince from the house.
A scuffle ensued and Vince threatened to knock the constable down. The constable tripped and Vince fell on top of him, almost biting though the constable's cheek. With assistance from the landlord Vince was arrested.
The jury heard that Vince had been in custody twice before for breaches of the peace and a third time for desertion from the army.
The sentence was six months' imprisonment with hard labour.

Licence not renewed at the Diss Brewster Sessions held Tuesday 14th February 1906. Future of the licence to be determined at the Adjourned licensing Meeting to be held on Tuesday 6th March 1906.

At the adjourned meeting held Wednesday 14th March 1906 licensee Albert Edward Saunders said that he had been at the house since Michaelmas 1905 and the house provided good accommodation and the sanitary arrangements were well conducted and in good order. He was selling three barrels of draught beer and about a gallon of spirits a week.
The manager for brewers Youngs and Crawshay said that trade for the past three years averaged 143 barrels of beer, 60 dozen bottles of ale and 22 gallons of spirits. Trade had gradually increased over the last three years and the house was patronised by the working class.
Licence renewed.

At the Licensing Session held Wednesday 16th March 1920, the owners Messrs. Youngs, Crawshay & Youngs agreed upon the closure of the BELL on the grounds of redundancy.
The BELL was then selling 163 barrels of beer and 53 gallons of spirits a year.

Demolished 1952 to make way for new Post Office building.

See also p23, Memories of Old Diss, by Dennis Cross. First published 1994