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14 FISHERS LANE St. LAWRENCE FULL LICENCE CLOSED 29.01.1910
NORWICH LICENCE REGISTERS PS 1/8/1 to PS 1/8/4 (1867 to 1965)
TOMPSONS Conveyed to Morgans 25.03.1845
MORGANS to closure 1910
Licensees :
   
ROBERT WRIGHT 1802
GEORGE STEBBING 1806 - 1810
STEPHEN MALLETT 1822
THOMAS HOLMES 1830
SUSANNA HOLMES 1836 - 1839
WILLIAM ANDREWS 1842
GEORGE JAY 1845 - 1846
ELIZABETH STEWARD
age 49 in 1851
(as Elizabeth Stewart 1854)
1850 - 1854
JOHN SMITH 1856 - 1859
JOHN THOMPSON by 1861
STEPHEN PLUNKETT 05.05.1868
JOHN BANGAY 20.02.1872
JOHN LEGGATT 04.01.1876
HENRY TUDDENHAM 10.10.1876
EDWARD BROCK 20.07.1877
JOHN BENSLEY 02.04.1878
JOHN HORACE HUGGINS 27.11.1878
Convicted 22.09.1881of being open out of hours.
Fine £2 plus 17/6d costs
JOHN OATES 03.01.1882
FREDERICK WATSON 20.06.1882
Convicted 30.08.1884 of selling out of hours.
Fine 20/- plus 7/- costs or 10 days detention.
FRANCES LYDIA WATSON 04.01.1887
JOHN CREAMER PLOWRIGHT 1887
Convicted 11.03.1891 of selling out of hours.
Fine 20/- plus 7/- costs or 7 days detention.
Convicted 19.07.1892 of allowing consumption out of hours.
Fine 20/- plus 7/- costs or 14 days detention.
MARY ELLEN PLOWRIGHT 05.04.1907
GEORGE WALTER PRATT 25.11.1907
Convicted 07.12.1907 of allowing drunkenness
Fine 10/- plus 7/- costs or 7 days detention.
EDWARD ARTHUR MERIDITH 1908
FREDERICK JOHN ROBERTS 13.10.1908


One of 36 Norwich houses opened for the reception of Voters in the interest of Mr. Windham and Mr. Coke on election day Thursday 13th November 1806.
The name of the Hundred for which the house was appropriated was to be displayed at each house.

Also found listed under St. Giles.
Named the
BEAR & RAGGED STAFF (1822)

Named after the Earl of Warwick, who defeated Robert Kett.
(Coat of Arms being a muzzled bear chained to a ragged staff)

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24th September 1859
John Smith brought several actions ` against divers knights of the needle ' for unsettled beer bills. Not a solitary tailor appeared to answer the claim, and in every instance the judgement was for the plaintiff. His Honour jocularly remarked that if Smith took all the tailors to court they would cease to patronise him.......


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The Norfolk Chronicle of 8th February 1908 reported that the Chief Constable opposed renewal of licence.
The house was said to be within 200 yards of 4 other houses and the customers who used the premises were of the lower class.
The house was frequented by women of ill repute and convicted criminals had been found there. The present tenant, Mr Meredith had only been at the house for two weeks, previous to which the house had been shut up and nobody had slept there for the previous six months.
In reply it was said that the owner had not been aware that the house had been under day and night police surveillance, to which the police said there were no grounds for such a suggestion.
It was further said that the next nearest house was the OPERA HOUSE in St. Giles and there was no suggestion that it catered for the same class of customer.
The tenant confirmed that his weekly sales were 4½ barrels of beer, 8 dozen (pints) of bottled beer and ¾ gallon of spirits.
The tenant further said that he had rid the place of the undesirable customers.
The licence renewal was granted.

Licence provisionally refused 09.02.1909 and referred to Compensation.
Closed under Compensation 29.01.1910