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WAYLAND HUNDRED FULL LICENCE -
WAYLAND LICENCE REGISTER 2nd September 1789, 16th September 1794 & PS 15/3/1 (1937 - 1969)
WILLIAM YOUNGE Owner 1782
FREEHOUSE Supplied by Watton Brewery
RICHARD G. HOLMES   
exors of R. G. HOLMES after 1945
CROWFOOTS BREWERY of Ditchingham  (by 1949)
NORMAN LESLIE ADOLPHUS CHILD 23.07.1951
DIVER & SON of London 23.07.1951
BASS, RATCLIFF & GRETTON Burton - 16.11.1966
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Licensees :
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ROBERT RISING to April 1782
WILLIAM PARSLEY 1789
GEORGE BENNETT 1794
EDWARD TAYLOR
Died December 1812
1812
SAMUEL RICE
(Died Q1 1842 ?)
April 1815 - 1828
ROBERT COE 1828 - 1830
ROBERT LUSHER
Died suddenly after a short illness June  27th 1847 - in his 40th year.
1830 - 1847
GEORGE JACOBS
age 37 in 1851
& horse dealer
1850 - 1865
GEORGE HENDRY
horse dealer & farmer
(is Hendry an error for Jacobs?)
1868
GEORGE JACOBS
Died Q1 1895 - age 81
1869 - 1892
(SOPHIA ROWEN - Hotel Manageress)
age 72 in 1881
(1881)
ETHELBERT BRUNTON KENT
(Died 1906 - age 80)
1896
Miss  POTTER
Proprietor
1900
JOHN VINCENT POTTER
Manager
1900 - 1901
ARTHUR JOHN PRETTY
Proprietor - age 29
1901 - 1903
HARRY HOUSE
Proprietor
1904 - 1906
HERBERT WILLIAM WICKS
(Died Q2 1913 - age 48)
1908
RICHARD GUILLIARD HOLMES & SONS
(Richard senior died September 1946 - age 86)
1912 - 1925
GEORGE HOLMES undated
RICHARD GUILLIARD HOLMES junior
 Richard junior died March 1948 - age 59
by 1929
HARRY CHARLES DAWSON
(Age 22 in 1911, then a private in 2nd Leicester Regiment ?)
28.05.1948
SIDNEY P. PARKER 18.05.1951
NORMAN LESLIE ADOLPHUS CHILD
(Died December 1978 - age 70)
01.06.1951
FRANK EDWARD ROSSER
(Died November 1987 - age 73 ?)
21.06.1957
Mr GOUCH ? to 12.1965
FREDERICK HENRY WATERS 11.03.1966
to 17.11.1971
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Mr & Mrs E. J. Taylor given in 1967 guide
(Managers ?)

Family & Commercial Hotel

All the Household Furniture, including Beds, Linen, Chests of Drawers, Tea Tables, Dining Tables, Chairs, Looking Glass, Stoves, Brewing Utensils, Kitchen Furniture, the stock of Liquors, plus a neat Post-chaise and three Horses, the effects of Robert Rising, were to be sold by Auction on Wednesday 3rd April 1782.
The house was also available for Immediate Let. It being an old and well-accustomed Inn.

Excise Office in early 1800's

For Sale by Auction Wednesday 5th August 1812, then in the occupation of Mr. Edward Taylor.
It was reported 23rd December 1812 that Edmund Taylor, late of the Crown, had died during the previous week.

Samuel Rice, former licensee of the GREEN MAN, auctioned his effects at that inn, 28th April 1815, having recently taken the CROWN INN.

Robert Lusher, late Officer of Excise, announced 17th April 1830 that he had taken the Inn and looked for the favours of his Friends and the Public in general.
His motto was `Good wine needs no Bush.'

Offered for sale by Auction Wednesday, 16th February 1831, for Possession Michaelmas 1831 (10th October). With extensive Stabling, Coach-house, Granaries, Brew-house, Yards, Garden, and every convenience for carrying on a first rate business.
The coach the `Regulator' called every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00am on route from Holt to London.
The coach returned every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 6:00pm.

The Brothers of the M.U. Independent Order of Foresters held their Second Annual Ball here Monday 1st January 1844. The host was Robert Lusher and tickets were 2s 6d for Ladies and 4s for Gentlemen. Tea and coffee included.

The Mortgagees offered the property for sale 4th August 1859.
` A frontage of 95 feet; The ground floor comprising -
Commercial Room, Sitting Room, Smoking Room, with entrance from the yard; Bar, Store Rooms, Kitchen, Back Kitchen, Dairy & Cellars;
The Second Floor - Large Dining Room or Market Room, 5 Bedrooms, Linen Closet & 2 Attics; Stable comprising - New white brick 5 Stall & 2 Loose Box Stable with lofty Corn Chamber over; An 8 Stall Stable, a 6 Stall Stable, a 4 Stall Posting stable, 11 Loose Boxes, Coach House, Hay Cutting House, Wood Houses, Blacksmiths Shop, Shoeing place, Piggeries, Cow House for 9 cows, Open Shed, Large Yard in which is an excellent Pit of Water.
In the occupation of Mr George Jacobs, an extensive horse dealer under a lease of 14 years from 11th October 1853 at the annual rent of £60. For which the Lessee covenants to purchase from the Lessor ALL BEER, ALE, PORTER, STOUT, WINE, FOREIGN or BRITISH SPIRITS, LIQUORS OR COMPOUNDS which he shall sell......from the said Public Inn.

George Jacobs was an internationally known horse breeder and dealer.
The kings of Austria and Italy were among his customers.
The Crown stables could accommodate some 200 horses and a further 150 could be stabled at other premises. 20 ostlers and a farrier were employed. The horses were sold in 1892 when Mr. Jacobs was confined to bed by old age.

Part of the stables were converted to the towns first motor garage in 1919. By the 1930's the Crown yard contained a motor garage, petrol pumps and a car showroom. By the 1960's this showroom became the Rendezvous Cafe to be later destroyed by fire.