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NORTH ERPINGHAM HUNDRED FULL LICENCE  
NORTH ERPINGHAM LICENCE REGISTER PS 24/6/1 to 24/9/3 (1872 - c1982) - Transferred to North Walsham Register 01.04.1975
REEPHAM BREWERY Conveyed 26th November 1878 to Henry Bullard & John Boyce.
BULLARDS  
WATNEY MANN  
BRENT WALKER  
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BATEMANS By October 2003
Licensees :
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JOHN NORTON to 1745
THOMAS WELLS from 1745
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JOSEPH NEWLAND 1836
Mrs SUSAN NEWLAND
age 62 in 1851
1845 - 1871
HENRY NEWLAND by 1872
JOHN BULLIMORE 06.07.1874
WILLIAM GALL 13.10.1890
RUTH GALL 17.05.1897
THOMAS EDWARD GALL 28.06.1897
ROBERT YAXLEY 30.10.1899
THOMAS SELF 27.10.1902
WILLIAM JAMES REYNOLDS 22.10.1906
JOHN BAKER 15.07.1907
SUSANNAH BAKER 13.07.1908
CLAUDE JAMES HUMPHREY 14.10.1912
ELLEN COBB
( accompanied by step daughter and niece, May Edith Lotte Cobb - the future Mrs Dixon )
13.10.1913
WILLIAM ROBERT DIXON 10.08.1931
to retirement 1971
DIANE & DES BIGNELL 14.01.1971 -
05.11.1977
MOLLY & BRIAN YAXLEY 1977 - c1980
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Closed throughout 1994 - Reopened 03.1995
KEN WILLIS, ERICA & MARTIN ADAMS 03.1995 -
07.2000
CHRIS & JAN CUDMORE 03.07.2000 -
08.2003
TIM LOMAX & ANNE VINCENT Aug 2003 - 
Aug 2006
NIGEL & DEBBIE WAKEHAM 08.2006 -
04.2007
PHIL & PAM WHITAKER by 06.2007 -
10.2009
ANNE & TIM LOMAX
( thanks for update 08.2011 )
01.2010
LINDA JOHNSON &
RAY MADHAM
10.2013





May & William Dixon on retirement from the Crown, Trunch. 1971

The Crown, Trunch - August 1994
August 1994

Sold by John Norton to Thomas Wells 1745.

Offered for sale 20th February 1819 as the CROWN.
Lot 12 in sale which included 10 other licensed houses around the county.

Lot No. 20 in sale of Bircham & Sons Reepham Brewery Saturday 8th June 1878 - Then let to John Bullimore at an annual rent of £15.
Described as ...` Abutting the Churchyard, A flint built house containing - Bar, Tap, Pantry & Cellar, Large Parlour, 5 Bedrooms & Wash House, Yard with 4 Stall Stable with Loft & a Coach House - Copyhold to the Manor of Gymingham Lancaster'. Purchased by Bullard.

Claude Humphrey enquired 23rd July 1913 as to the availability of 15 acres of land, advertised for sale in the Daily Press. He advised that he was leaving the licensed trade at Michaelmas ( This would be 29th September, or 10th October, old style ).

Damaged by fire 19th April 1941.
Trading continued with the thatch replaced with a flat roof.
The house became known as the Half Crown in the Dixon family.

Rebuilt 1953

Refurbished 2010/11 including building of entrance porch.



The Crown c1908


The HALF CROWN c1950


End of 57-year link with Trunch Crown - 1971

An association of 57 years with the Crown at Trunch ended yesterday with the retirement of the licensee,
Mr William Dixon and his wife May. Mr Dixon who is 76 years old, held the licence for 40 years, but his wife Mrs May Edith Dixon, who is three years his junior, first moved to live at the Crown in 1913 when her mother became licensee.
Mr Dixon was courting the daughter of Mrs Ellen Cobb, the landlady of the Crown in 1914 and after the harvest was in on the farm at which he was working, William joined the 9th Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment.

Grenade Thrower
He served in Belgium and France as a grenade thrower.
"We had to get Jerry out of the trenches - or sometimes he got us out", he said.
He was at Ypres and the Somme. " I was right in the thick of it.
I just had a charmed life to keep going," Mr Dixon recalled.
In the battle of Loos, he was reported missing, but a week after receiving the news, his family got a card from him saying he was all right. "We got cut off but we held out," he explained.
There were 74 men in his over-strength platoon when they were trapped -
"When they got to us there were 24 and a sergeant left. " He added.
After two years in the front line he transferred to the railway operating division of the Royal Engineers on the strength of the time he spent on the railways at Melton Constable as a youth.
The war over, he returned to marry and move to the Crown in 1919.
While bringing up their family of two sons and four daughters, Mr Dixon worked as a gardener at the former Mundesley Sanatorium from 1924 to 1958.

Flood and Fire
In 1941 the public house, which was then thatched was damaged by fire. Though losing most of their belongings, the Dixons carried on their business in a temporary one-story pub.
Mrs Dixon said she had been in Norwich in the 1912 flood "So I have survived flood and fire," she laughed.
Having celebrated their gold wedding in November 1969, Mr & Mrs Dixon now have 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They are retiring to The Pines at Knapton, a village where three of their children live.

Thanks to Michael Dixon for the photographs & transcription. 07/11/2006


Derek Parker, grandson of May & William Dixon advises Feb 2011:-

That his mother recalls that her Grandmother was buried on Thursday 10th April 1941, that her sister was married from the pub on Easter Monday 14th April 1941 and the fire was on the following Saturday 19th April 1941- her sister lost most of over 100 wedding presents that were stored in an upper bedroom.