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4 CHAPELFIELD
THEATRE STREET
St. PETER MANCROFT FULL LICENCE See the THEATRE ROYAL STORES
NORWICH LICENCE REGISTERS PS 1/8/13 to PS 1/8/2 (1867 to 1925)
STEWARD & Co  
Licensees :
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WALTER SEALES 1761
Mrs BACK here September 1789
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MOSES GURNEY 1820 - 1821
RICHARD GURNEY to 10.1829
RACHEL GURNEY 1830
W HARBER 1831
CHARLES TAYLOR 1834 - 1839
ROBERT HOLLIS
age 35
* 1841
WILLIAM CULYER
went to DUKES HEAD - Kings Lynn
1840 - 1845
RICHARD BULLARD 1846
JAMES WILLIAM PORTER
Age 50 in 1851
1851 - 1864
WILLIAM PARR
See opposite
09.1864 - 1865
RICHARD HANKS by 1867
WILLIAM LEMMON ALLTHORPE 11.12.1874
LOUISA WILKINS 16.02.1886
ROBERT BUTCHER 12.08.1890
See the THEATRE ROYAL STORES



House no 149 on 1845 Magistrates list


James Porter informed his Friends and the Public, 15th December 1860, that he was appointed Sole Agent for Norwich and Norfolk, for the sale of Caffrey and Son's Dublin Stout.

An assembly at Chapel-field house was held 6th October 1820. `Upward of 130 gentlemen were invited by the Sherriff for the Shrievalty Dinner. The fare consisted of a 130lb Turtle, venison and every luxury and delicacy of the season. Dessert was pines, grapes and the various fine fruits which indulgent Nature produces for the use of man. The wines were excellent. All served in the best stile by Mr. Gurney of the Bowling Green Inn.'

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A bankruptcy hearing was held here 9th December 1820.
Occupant then Moses Gurney.

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Advertised 7th November 1829, To Let, following the death of Richard Gurney

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Offered to let 22nd October 1831, then in the occupation of W. Harber. ` With possession Christmas next...... now in full trade, and is known to be one of the most advantageous Concerns of the kind in Norwich'.
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Charles Taylor, late of the WHITE LION and formerly of the BATH HOUSE, Yarmouth, informed his Friends and the Public that he had taken the Inn. 27th September 1834.

Bowls Tournament - William Culyer announced 31st July 1841 that a prize of not less than Fifteen Pounds would be played for on Tuesday August 10th. Gentlemen residing in the County, wishing to play, but not Subscribers, would pay 2s 6d extra.
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Offered for rent June 1847 for 100 Guineas per Annum.
Free of Brewer, Wine and Spirit Merchant.

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To Let from Year to Year with Immediate Possession at a Very Reduced Rent - as advertised May 1848.
A Commercial Family Inn with Valuable Tap attached.
A spacious Bowling Green and Grounds.

ALL of the Modern Furniture and Effects of the said Inn to be Sold by Auction on 30th and 31st May 1848.
Sale including everything from dining and bed rooms, carpets, plate, plated goods, linen, china, tea and dessert services, glasses, &c.

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For sale by auction Tuesday 24th July 1849.
The Hotel comprising entertaining rooms, airy and comfortable sleeping rooms, bar, entrance hall, large kitchens, offices and excellent cellars, stabling for 40 horses, granaries, hay chambers, 2 coach houses, servants rooms and yard adjoining.
The Bowling Green attracting a large number of subscribers and visitors during the summer months.
The TAP, from its contiguity with the Theatre, being remarkably well suited for trade and doing a large business.
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In January 1851, Mr. Porter, landlord of the BOWLING GREEN (previously at the BOAR' S HEAD) appealed against the £120 poor rates that had been assessed to him and the previous tenant. The representative of the Guardians stated that his terms of agreement were that he should pay £60 the first year, £70 the second and £80 the third, with the option at the end of the third year of taking a lease for a further four years at £100 per annum. The Guardians assumed that this indicated the value of the property and were willing to reduce the assessment to that amount. The Recorder held that the sum was too large and fixed the assessment at £70 a year, with which Mr. Porter expressed himself perfectly satisfied.

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Lot number 9 in a sale of Freehold properties held Monday 15th September 1856. ( A total of 10 lots, being the residue of the Chapelfield Estate, the last lot being 156 Rods of land on which 46 Cottages and Shops had been erected.)
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On Wednesday 24th October 1860 the Bowling Green Hotel and Estate was offered for sale in 11 Lots.
Lot 1 was the southern end of the Hotel which was suitable to be converted into a delightful Family Residence.
Lot 2 was the Bowling Green Hotel, having a frontage of 61 feet to Chapel Field Road.
Lot 3 was the newly erected BOWLING GREEN STORES adjoining Theatre Street.
Lot 4 was the BOWLING GREEN TAP having a frontage of 64 feet to Theatre Street and 52 feet to Chapel field Road.
Lots 7 to 11 being various Pieces of Building Ground fronting Theatre Street.

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Offered For Sale by Private Contract, May 1862.
With Stores, Tap, stables, Green, &c..
Apply to Mr, Porter, Proprietor.

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It was reported January 1864 that James Winearls Porter applied on Wednesday 13th January 1864 for an order of discharge of bankruptcy.
He was then living at No.1 Crescent Place, Norwich.
His debts were £5013 11s 6d and after considering his creditors there was a deficiency of £2145 19s 10d. It was stated that Mr. Porter had borrowed £3500 as a mortgage on the Bowling Green Hotel and a bond for £500 payable at £50 per annum. Mr. Porter said his failure had occurred due to a falling off of business, through competition and an insufficiency of profits to meet expenditure. An immediate Order of Discharge was granted.

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William Parr announced September 1864 that he had taken the BOWILING GREEN STORES and SKITTLE SALOON and looked forward to the support of his Friends and the Public.

William Parr was recorded as a bankrupt in the London Gazette, in a notice dated Tuesday 6th February 1866.

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The BOWLING GREEN STORES in April 1866 when offered to let.
Consisting of Retail Spirit Shop and Store Room, large and convenient Smoke Room and excellent Bowling Saloon.......
Offered again June 1866, with Immediate Possession.

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The BOWLING GREEN to 29.11.1890 when officially renamed the THEATRE ROYAL STORES
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The property had been known as the THEATRE STORES and as the THEATRE WINE & SPIRIT STORES by 1868.

See also BOWLING GREEN TAP.