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FREEHOUSE Purchased by the Irwin family in 1919 from the Howard family of Castle Rising.
Licensees :
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JAMES NAYLOR 1836 - 1846
WILLIAM EBBS
age 40 in 1851
1851 - 1861
SUSANNA EBBS
(age 41 in 1851)
* 1863 - 1865
GEORGE NAYLOR
(also as G. Nailor - Son in Law of William Ebbs. Given in 1851 as a servant, aged 23)
1868 - 1883
JOSEPH MERRIKIN 1883 - 1888
JAMES MANN
age 69 in 1891
1890 - 1891
PHILIP THORPE 1892 - 1896
JOSEPH SMITH by September 1898
New premises from Oct 1898
JOSEPH SMITH 1898 - 1912
ARCHIBALD LAWRENCE PLOWRIGHT 1916
EDGAR FORD 1922 - 1929
Mr. PERRY 1929 - 1932
HORACE WILLIAM IRWIN by 1933
JOHN AUBREY IRWIN (Jack) 19.10.1964 to 1985
PETER JAMES IRWIN from 1985

October 2002 - by P. Selwood
Image by P. Selwood


 

Red Cat Hotel

 


The Lynn Advertiser of 30 September 1898
recorded that at Grimston on Monday 26th September.........
The removal of  licence to a new building nearing completion was applied for. Two memorials were given from villagers in favour and one from the Lynn Volunteers. The architect, Mr C S Beck produced plans of the building, stating that there were 4 rooms, a kitchen and scullery on the ground floor, and 4 upper rooms, a four stall stable and a coach-house. The cost was estimated at £1,400 with the annual value being £15 and it would be let for £25 per year.
Sergeant  R G Whincop of the Lynn Volunteers said that the 192 strong corps used the butts at North Wootton Marshes, the new house would be a great convenience. Farmer James Shipp gave evidence in favour of the new house and licensee of the Red Cat, Joseph Smith said that he was willing to relinquish the licence.
Image by P. Selwood - October 2002
October 2002 - by P. Selwood

Beer retail only to c1870.

RED CAT INN 1933
Later as the RED CAT HOTEL

The original RED CAT was originally located on the corner of Ling Common Road and Little Carr Road, on the opposite side of the village to the current location at Station Road. This later became the site of the HOUSE ON THE GREEN.

The Lynn Advertiser of 7th October 1898
The Licensing Committee for West Norfolk
sat at the Town Hall on Tuesday...

It was recorded that the previous year, Steward & Patteson had 
purchased a small plot of land near to the Station and had
brought forward strong evidence that a public house
should be provided.
The application for a licence had been opposed on the
grounds that if a house was needed it would be better if it was
provided by the estate. The owner of the Red Cat (and the estate), 
Mr Howard, had said that the licence of the Red Cat would be given up in favour of the new house, so that there would be no increase in licensed premises in the village. 
The licence application by S&P had been refused and the
estate had undertaken to provide the necessary accommodation.

The article stated that the new house was `now fit for occupation.'
It recorded that `The rifle butts were now 1½ or 1¾ mile from the station and the volunteers were continuously going down there; they were always 5 or 6 hours from town; and required some refreshment when they were there...'
There were no objections to the granting of a new licence and in fact there was `a strong memorial from the parish signed by nearly every inhabitant; asking for the accommodation.'
The Chairman of the Justices said that he did not understand why the licence should be granted in favour of the estate rather than any other person. The response was that the estate would build a better house and they did not want a brewery in the place; they thought that the public house should be in the hands of the estate rather than of an outsider.
The confirmation of licence, granted at Grimston the previous week
was unanimously agreed to.