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MITFORD HUNDRED FULL LICENCE  
MITFORD REGISTER taken 12th September 1794 & MITFORD & LAUNDITCH LICENCE REGISTERS PS 12/5/1 & PS 12/5/2 (1901 to 1975)
JAMES BACK Owner 1832/5
THOMAS WILLIAM STEVENSON of Norwich - owner 1836 / 1837
YOUNGS, CRAWSHAY & YOUNGS Property of Richard Crawshay as recorded 1844
Property of Charles Crawshay as recorded 17th March 1888
BULLARDS from 1958
WATNEY MANN 04.04.1967
CHEF & BREWER November 1974
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Licensees :
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JAMES MOORE 1776 - 1777
WILLIAM BARKER 1791 - 1794
THOMAS BARKER
(see newspaper cutting below)
by May 1794
THOMAS ROSWELL 1796
J R MAYSTON 1812 - 1814
ROBERT CLARKE
Previously at Shipdham DOG
October 1815
Mr. DURRANT 1817
EDMUND HOWLETT
(Edward Howlett 1830)
Died Sunday 31st August 1837
1822 - 1837
JAMES MANN 1839
JOHN IVES
age 50
1840 - 1841
WILLIAM CUTTING
age 54 in 1851
Died Friday 9th February 1855 - age 58
1845 - 1855
MARY CUTTING 1855 - 1856
WILLIAM COOKE
age 45 in 1861
1858 - 1861
EDWARD BARCHAM 1865 - 1866
JOHN GREEN
age 34 in 1871
1868 - 1875
JOHN LAWSON PATTISON 1877
CHARLES KEELER
& cattle dealer & farmer
age 58 in 1881
1879 - 1883
EDWARD SELF
age 33 in 1891
1888 - 1894
WILLIAM EASTOE
age 54 in 1901
1896 - 1913
WILLIAM CHARLES ROGERS
(Charles Rodgers 1915)
16.05.1913
Fine of 10/- imposed Friday 16th July 1915 for allowing brightly lit windows, which could attract Zeppelin airship bombers.
LAURA ROGERS 12.10.1928
FREDERICK THOMAS RUSSELL 29.05.1931
EDWIN SIDNEY SKELTON 09.10.1936
VIOLET MAY SKELTON 05.01.1951
PETER FRANCIS SKELTON 11.02.1955
ROLAND HARRY WEATHERINGTON 15.04.1955
WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER KERR PURVES WEBSTER 17.08.1956
WILLIAM SAMUEL HUNT 23.11.1956
JOHANNA FRANCES HUNT 11.04.1969
BRENDA & ALEXANDER LECH 30.06.1972
to at least 1976
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Edward Barcham accused John King of excessive horse-hire and damages to the horse at the Petty Sessions Wednesday 9th December 1863.
Mr. King, a timber merchant had hired a horse on the 4th November to go to Elmham, a distance of 5 miles; whereas he went to Thursford, a distance of 18 miles. Judgement was given for the extra mileage, and the estimated damage done to the horse, for which immediate settlement was ordered.

The GEORGE  - DEREHAM - 1923
1923

According to the Churchwardens accounts of 1753, £3/14/0d was spent on food and drink while `perambulating the bounds'.

Shown on estate map c1757

A meeting here in 1774 attracted over 500 people. The purpose was to consider the application for an Act of Parliament to build a workhouse for the Mitford & Launditch Hundreds. Although the proposal was rejected by a large majority, the Act was passed.

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The Directors of the Poor of the Hundreds of Mitford met a the George Inn on 25th March 1776 to discuss their plans to build a House of Industry at Gressenhall. The reason James Moore was leaving the George was because they appointed him the first Governor of the Workhouse and his initials and date are inscribed on a brick beside the entrance door to the workhouse. As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, the house of industry was adapted to become the Mitford & Launditch Union Workhouse. Now it houses the Norfolk Rural Life Museum known as `Roots of Gressenhall'.

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Norfolk Chronicle 5 July 1777
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION

At the George in East Dereham the 18th Day of this Instant July, between the Hours of three and Five in the Afternoon if not before disposed of by private Contract of which notice will be given in this Paper.
A Capital MESSUAGE in East Dereham wherein James Moore now lives, and called or known by the name or Sign of the George; consisting of three good Parlours, a very handsome and large dining Room, two good kitchens, with scullery, pantry and other convenient offices adjoining; a good and commodious Bar, Cellars, good Vaults, eight Chambers and five Garrets with a Brewhouse, Stable for fifty horses, Coachhouse, Granary and other convenient outhouses all Brick and tiled, in very good Repair with a large and pleasant Bowling Green and Garden planted round with flowering shrubs; all Freehold.
The Purchaser to take the Household Goods, Furniture, Horses, Chaises and other Stock upon a fair appraisement.
For further particulars apply to the said Mr Moore or Mr Thomas Smyth, Attorney at Dereham.

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For sale, Freehold, December 1777.
For the most part new built brick....
The Owner being lately promoted to publick Office of the greatest Trust and was the only Reason he left it.

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Offered for sale by auction June 1786 with possession Michaelmas 1786.
Sale included a Hearse and two Post-Chaises which were fully employed.

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According to the Universal British Directory 1793 - 1798 the George Inn had previously been in premises that were lately the shop of Mr Knapp. It went on to advise that for the past 25 years `there has been a justice-sitting consultancy held at the George Inn, on every Friday (Market Day), which by experience has been found to contribute much to the public in every respect ....'.

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Norfolk Chronicle 24 May 1794

George Inn, East Dereham:  Thomas Barker (from Scole Inn) having entered the above Inn, respectfully acquaints his friends and the Public that he has laid in a large stock of wines and other  Liquors of the first quality which he purposes selling wholesale and retail on the lowest terms, the nobility, gentry and public at large may be assured of meeting with every accommodation and of having a minute and unremitting attention paid to their commands.

  T.B. also begs leave to assure all Gentlemen Travellers who will favour him with their support that his utmost endeavours shall ever be exerted to merit their future patronage in rendering them every accommodation. Neat Post Chaises with Able Horses and Steady Drivers on the shortest notice.

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Robert Clarke advised His Friends, Gentlemen Travellers and others that he had taken the Inn - October 1815.
Neat Post Chaises and good Horses, with careful Drivers could be provided at the shortest Notice.

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Part of the George Inn was sold at the premises, on Tuesday 10th July 1817.
The Freehold Estate previously forming part of the Inn consisted of an Entrance Hall, three rooms fronting the Market place on the ground floor, four good chambers, three attics, a very large and convenient dry cellar and a spacious yard with convenient outhouses.

Four other lots consisted of parcels of rich freehold land contained within an area of about 141 feet by 38 feet adjoining the above. The purchasers of these lots were to erect a seven foot wall, nine inches thick, between each lot, within three months of purchase. Part of this land had formed part of the Bowling Green and was a very desirable spot for building. Being situated near the site of the proposed navigable river from Dereham to Wells they would be well worth the attention of a Corn or Coal Merchant.

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Given as GEORGE & DRAGON 1830
and as the GEORGE INN at Market Hill 1836.

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The Opening Dinner for Mr. J. Ives was to be held Friday 29th May 1840.
He was already impressed with Gratitude for the many Favours already conferred. Tickets at 10s each were to be had at the Bar.

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Youngs, Crawshay and Youngs still advertised on sign in 1967, but Bullards beers then on sale. (since c1958)

The bowling green was reputed to be over 300 years old, one of the oldest in England - when tarmac surface laid over it during 1986 (?), to allow car parking.