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  SMITHDON HUNDRED - CLOSED
SMITHDON REGISTER taken 13th September 1790 & 15th September 1794
SETCH BREWERY Conveyed March 1820 from Cornelius P Herbert to George Hogge & Thomas Allen
Licensees :
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JOHN PITCHER 1790
MARY PITCHER widow 1794
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WILLIAM PITTS
age 60 in 1851
( also as Pitt )
Died Q3 1860
1830 - 1860
ROBERT PITTS 1861 - 1865
CHARLES CLAXTON
( Died Q1 1887 - age 82 )
1868 - 1869
HENRY BENN
& pork butcher
& carrier
( Died Q3 1902 )
1871 - 1900
HORACE ARTUR ( See below )
Age 35
( Henry Benn 81 years, retired and living here with his son in law )
1901
WALTER GIDDINGS September 1901
to 1903
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In the 1871 census Henry Benn is living with wife Margaret, daughters Lydia, Eliza and Susan, stepson George Ringer, stepson John Artur and stepdaughter Maria Artur ( or Artes, Auker or Arter ? )


Shown on Faden's 1797 map.

At the Norfolk Quarter Sessions 17th April 1903 the appeal against a Refused Licence was heard before Lord Lindley & other magistrates.

The licence of Walter Giddings had been first refused at the Hunstanton Petty Sessions and then again at adjourned meeting at Docking.
The case had again appeared at Hunstanton Court Of Appeal where the application was refused.

Walter Giddings was subject to much legal activity.
He had been charged on 30th June 1902 of keeping his house open at prohibited hours. ( Serving a man with 1/2 pint of beer, outside his house at 10:30 am ) - Mr Giddings was fined 16 shillings with 4 shillings costs.
( He had advised the Setch Brewery representative that he had been fined a total of £1, which included costs and that the magistrates had said it would have no effect on his licence. On that information the brewery had allowed Giddings to continue at the house. )
On another occasion he had been charged with receiving stolen property ( A turkey, purchased from a man he did not know - The case to be heard at Kings Lynn Quarter Sessions later in April 1903. ) and another time, of serving a drink to a person who was already drunk.

The Court Of Appeal had said that they could not possibly say that Giddings was a man to whom a licence should be renewed.
The case against Giddings was so strong `and it was obvious that the Police were telling the truth'

The Norwich Court refused the appeal without costs and with a recommendation to the magistrates to facilitate and give effect to the application for transfer if in their judgment the facts and the law allowed. It was advised that Mr Giddings could not apply for a new licence until the following February.

Lord Lindley ( His Lordship ) summed up by saying he did not like to recommend what he could not carry out. The Court thought it rather hard on the brewers, and if anything could be done to help them, so much the better.
The Lynn Advertiser of 17th April 1903 carried the story of the appearance of Walter Giddings before the magistrates for stealing or receiving a turkey knowing it to have been stolen.

In the summing up Mr. North, his legal representative, felt that the prisoner had been already cruelly punished, and urged that the evidence of the prisoner and that of Mrs. Basham, had established his innocence.

After a short deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of "not guilty," and the prisoner was discharged.