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SOPE HOUSE FORNCETT St. PETER Index
- DEPWADE HUNDRED BEERHOUSE See NORFOLK ARMS
HENSTEAD & DEPWADE REGISTER taken September 1790 & 1794
STEWARD & PATTESON Freehold - Only supplied from year beginning November 1837 to year ending November 1845
Licensees :
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THOMAS MASON 1790
JAMES SPINKS 1794
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SOAP HOUSE in 1790 register.
The SOP HOUSE in 1794 Register.

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Found in S&P documentation covering the years 1837 - 1851 as the SOAP HOUSE. Steward & Patteson supplied the house from 1837 to 1844/5
Address does not specify Forncett St Peter or St Mary.

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However on Saturday 7th August 1841 a meeting was held at the SOAP HOUSE, Forncett St. Mary by the Tithe Commissioners for England and Wales to discuss the Apportionment of the Rent-charge to be paid in lieu of Tithes........

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In 1842 it was reported that although vulgarly called by the locals as the SOPERS or SOPEHOUSE, the sign was actually the NORFOLK ARMS.

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The Parish records of Forncett St Peter contain papers dated 1865 to 1889 containing reference to the purchase of the  NORFOLK ARMS `alias the SOPE HOUSE'.

 

Benjamin Hawston (30) pig dealer, and Robert Bagg (21) labourer, were charged with assaulting one Robert Nudds, at Carlton Rode, putting him in bodily fear and stealing from his person £1 2s, a purse and a house key, on the 16th of April 1855.

It appeared that on the 16th of April, the prosecutor, who is a labourer, went to a beer-house at Carlton Rode where he saw the prisoners and a man named Rockett with whom he had some beer......had £1 3s 1 ½d with him when he went into the house of which he spent 10d. About ten o'clock he left the house to go home with a man named Rush who soon left him..over taken by the prisoners, who took hold of his arms....and “put him down”..took him off the ground and put him “broadside” by a ditch, into which he went head over heels. Bugg then went away but Haunton remained. Another person came and helped the prosecutor to Haunton's father's house, when he found he had lost his purse..then put to bed and remained there till the next morning. Afterwards he saw Haunton opposite the Forncett SOAP-HOUSE, who said to him I suppose you have been after a warrant”. The purse was found by a woman. The prosecutor was drunk at the time and the morning after the robbery he said he did not know who robbed him, the prisoners were acquitted.