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THREE HOOPS THETFORD Index
16 CASTLE STREET
St. CUTHBERT
THETFORD BOROUGH BEERHOUSE CLOSED by 1931
BULLARDS from 1885
Licensees :
THOMAS MUSK
age 38 in 1851
(to 1888 according to White)
*1846 - *1883
CHARLES ARTHUR TOOMBS
& hairdresser
*1885 - 1896
Mrs JEANETTE TOOMBS
(Confectioner & Tobacconist at market Place in 1904)
1900
EDWARD POPE
& hairdresser
1904 
WILLIAM WILSON
& Tobacconist
(At Well Street in 1912)
*1908
WALTER WILLIAM BEARDS 1912
Mrs DAISY BEARDS 1916
FREDERICK CHARLES MORTLOCK by 1921
GEORGE THOMAS PALMER 16.11.1922
JOHN BARNABY 05.02.1924
DOUGLAS ARTHUR OLIVER BAKER
(Brewery representative)
07.11.1929


As at Magdalen Street 1851.
Little Magdalen Street 1854, 1861, 1868 & 1871
Castle Street 1881 & 1891.

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At the Petty Sessions held in Thetford, Monday 5th September 1887, Mr. Toombs applied for a full licence.
It was heard that he had been running the HOOPS for two years as a beerhouse and had been asked many times to provide spirits and wine. A rent of £25 was paid yearly.
Messrs. Bullards said that hundreds of pounds had been invested in improving the premises and that no complaint had ever been made against the house.
The GREEN DRAGON was the nearest public house, 95 yards away, there was no other fully licensed house within a quarter of a mile along Castle Street.
More than 100 respectable inhabitants of the town had signed a memorial in favour of the application.
<Another report of events claimed nearly a hundred persons had signed the memorial>

Mr. Bidwell, who ran 21 fully licensed houses in Thetford, opposed the application since it would disturb the monopoly.

Mr. Toombs said that he carried on the business of a hairdresser as well the beerhouse.
His hairdressing shop was apart from the beerhouse. The beerhouse was assessed at £15 10s and the shop at £4.

The representative of Mr. Bidwell said that there were no stables  or coach-house and no accommodation for the travelling public. There were 5 fully licensed houses within 300 yards,
If anything, there were already too many public houses, the BELL recently being for sale by auction, but was not sold, until Mr. Bidwell bought it.
Messrs. Bullards could have purchased the BELL, but instead choose to purchase dilapidated cottages and convert them into the HOOPS. This was an attempt by Bullards to gain a foothold in Thetford.

The Bench refused the application for the reason that there was already ample accommodation in the town for those seeking wine and spirits.

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The Norfolk Chronicle of 7th September 1889 reported that Bullards had been in occupation of the house for some 4 years and made application for a spirit licence. The application was refused by the Magistrates.
The occupant at the time was C. A. Toombs.

Referred for Compensation 24.12.1930

House closed before 5th July 1931