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WESTGATE STREET CLACKCLOSE  HUNDRED BEERHOUSE CLOSED c1910
William John Porter - Owner 1909 - Residing at Flint House, Southery,
Licensees :
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FRANCIS SIMPER
& butcher
(age 39 in 1851 - no mention of beerhouse)
* 1854 - * 1869
GEORGE BUCKINGHAM
& gamekeeper 1881
Age 30 in 1871
1871 -  1909



From the Compensation Authority meeting of December 1909 it appears that Mr George Buckingham arrived at the house in 1867. It is possible that the 1869 directory entry is in error, or that he was initially working under the licence of Mr Simper.

Only found named in the 1871 census and in licensing session reports.

Licence not renewed at Adjourned Licensing Session
held Monday 8th March 1909 in Downham Market.

Licence refused at Compensation Authority meetings of 21st and 23rd June 1909. Reported as a beerhouse, owned by John Porter and run by licensee George Buckenham.

At the Compensation Authority meeting of Wednesday 22nd December 1909 it was said that Mr Porter, grocer, owned the premises, which had been in his family for 50 or 60 years. Mr Buckingham had been in the house for 42 years. The lease had expired last Michaelmas and the licence had been referred by the Court in June. As licensed premises the lease was worth £25 pa, but only £5 pa as a private dwelling.
Mr Porter said that the house was leased to Hogge & Seppings at £24 pa. Mr Maule, manager for the brewery said that they were willing to renew the expiring lease.
The trade was stated to be 94½ barrels a year for the past 3 years, at 12/- a barrel, value £560 (over 10 years)
The Chairman said they worked on 10/- a barrel which equated to £47 pa or £470 over 10 years.

Mr Buckingham confirmed that he paid the brewers £7 pa rent. His sales of mineral waters were about 520 (dozen bottles) a year at 6d a dozen which was £13 pa.

Mr Wootton, valuer, said that as a private house the premises would let at £5/10/- and the cost of altering the house would be £12/10/-. Trade fixtures would be valued at £5.

Taking into account beer and mineral sales, plus 24 years rent of £126 a total value of £731 was achieved. With £66 being deducted for the value of the house the claim for compensation would be £665.

The Chairman offered £600 which was accepted. The owner receiving £530 and the licensee £70.

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At the Downham Licensing Sessions of Monday 14th February 1910 it was reported that following the Compensation Meeting of the previous year, compensation had been allowed but it had not yet been paid and the house remained open.