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20 WHITE LION STREET St PETER MANCROFT - CLOSED
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Licensees :
WILLIAM GRIX 1906



Licensee William Grix was recorded at the RED ROSE from 1895 to 1900 and from 1906 to 1911, being  at the ORFORD ARMS 1900 to 1905.

He obtained renewal of a Billiards Licence for the CENTRAL CAFE as reported 28.08.1897.

He is recorded as owner of the RED ROSE from 1910 to 1911.
  At the 1906 Sessions the licence application for the CRITERION was refused due to objections from neighbouring houses, as reported in the Norfolk Chronicle and Norwich Gazette of 10th February 1906.
Mr. Grix is reported as being known by the Bench as a well known businessman. He had previously unsuccessfully applied for a licence for the CENTRAL CAFE, opposite, and had become the occupier of the RED ROSE and subsequently the ORFORD ARMS
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During this time he would supply his restaurant, The CRITERION, from his own licensed premise, but at the time of application, Mr. Grix held no licence and so his customers suffered intolerable inconvenience.
The licence was opposed, not unexpectedly by the Temperance Party, but also from the `trade' who, according to Mr. Grix's legal representative were acting to maintain their monopoly. It was suggested however, that the opposition was `in the true interests of temperance.'
Mr. Grix said that he encountered problems with the many outside functions for which he provided catering. The objectors representatives stated that there were 5 licensed premises within 50 yards of the CRITERION RESTAURANT and that the 1904 Licensing Act effectively prevented the number of licensed houses from increasing and a licence from a more congested area should be offered for transfer or two licenses should be exchanged for a new one - neither was the case.

After 10 minutes in conference the 15 Members of the Bench refused the application.

The objectors to the 1906 licence included :-
Norfolk & Norwich Victuallers Protection,
Mr. Firman, of the RED ROSE
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Mr. W. Harcourt of the WHITE LION and
Mr. J. Maidment of the YORK TAVERN