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2 PRINCES STREET St ANDREW FULL LICENCE See CITY ARMS - Red Well Street
NORWICH LICENCE REGISTERS PS 1/8/1 to PS 1/8/2 (1867 to 1925)
STEWARD & Co as given 1867
SEAMAN & Co undated
GRIMMER & Co by 1865 to mat least 1873
LACON & Co after 1894 - pre 1925
Licensees :
SAMUEL YOUNGMAN
age 30 - wine merchant
*1841
E. HAROLD YOUNGMAN *1842 - 1845
MICHAEL F. HILL 1854
GEORGE SMITH HOWES 1856 - 1859
JOHN RUMP
(Cautioned for offences committed between 30th August 1860 and 30th August 1861, but licence renewed.)
1860 - 1861
CHARLES WIDDOWS
Died 1904 - age about 80 - see below
by September 1862
WILLIAM JAMES ROSE BURRAGE 20.06.1899

 
Original house dated from 16thC.

St Andrews Hall Plain 1842 - Wine, Spirit & Porter Shop
Listed at St Andrews Hill 1845 & 1888.

Named as the CITY ARMS SPIRIT VAULTS 1856.

On Tuesday 18th September 1862 it was heard that William Peacock had entered the City Arms the previous day, in the company of two females of loose character and asked the landlord, Mr. Widdows for change of a half sovereign. After some hesitation, Mr. Widdows had taken the coin and tested it between his teeth. The coin bent and was so considered counterfeit. The police were called and Mr. Peacock spent the night behind bars before his court appearance. During that morning, before the case was heard, Mr. Widdows had taken the coin to (a banker?) be tested. There he was advised,that the higher the quality of gold, the easier it was to bend it. His test had proved it genuine rather than false. Police sergeant Osborne said he had advised charges being made since Mr. Peacock had refused to give his name and it had been reported that he had been seen in the company of several bad characters during the night.
The Deputy Mayor said that Mr. Peacock could leave the court without any imputation resting on his character and without a stain on it.


For Sale by Auction June 1865.
Then in the occupation of Mr. Charles Widdows as undertenant to Messrs. Grimmer. Location given as on the corner of St. Andrews Plain. The Offices attached then in occupation of Mr. Sharpe, Solicitor and Mr. Hunter, Auctioneer. The House being in occupation of Mr. Stannard, Artist. All fronting St. Andrews Hall.

Licence refused 22nd August 1899.
It was pointed out at the August 1899 Sessions that a licence could not be renewed if the premises had substantially changed. In this case the original area of 1,163 square feet of the old City Arms had been reduced to 564 square feet.

It was reported that at the Brewster Sessions held Tuesday 22nd August 1899, the licence once held for many years by Bandmaster Widdowson, was refused. A portion of the house had been demolished for the purposes of the tramway then under construction. It was proposed to rebuild the house on similar lines.

Name transferred by 1901 to the site of the former CABINETMAKERS ARMS.

 On 12th June 1861, Samuel Woolsey, a former landlord of the CITY ARMS INN, St. Andrew's was arrested with debts of £714 15s and credits of £57 10s 8d. He was declared insolvent and dismissed. Mr. Woolsey has been found as licensee of the BULL INN, Market Place from at least 1842 to 1854 and also at the EXCHANGE COFFEE HOUSE, Market Place from 1845 to 1851. It seems likely that he was at this house somewhere in the period 1854 - 1856?

The death of Charles Widdows was announced Friday 8th April 1904.
He had been `laid aside by illness for some time'.
Well known as a former bandmaster of the V.B.N.B. and a music teacher.
A member of the Royal Philharmonic Society for many years.
He possessed a Volunteer long service medal.
Age `at over 80 years.'