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125 BER STREET St. JOHN SEPULCHRE FULL LICENCE CLOSED 1989
NORWICH LICENCE REGISTERS PS 1/8/1 to PS 1/8/4 (1867 - 1965)
WESTONS 1845
YOUNGS & Co from 1864
BULLARDS 1958
WATNEY MANN  
NORWICH BREWERY  
Licensees :
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GEORGE HEWITT
& labourer
1806 - 1807
WILLIAM REUBEN 1810
RICHARD JARVIS 1822 - 1830
ROBERT FOULGER 1836
JOHN HARVEY
according to White
1845
JOHN BLYTH
age 50 in 1851
(as Magistrates list 1845)
1845 - 1852
JOHN DAMBROCK by 1854
Convicted 12.10.1894 of selling out of hours.
Fine 20/- plus 7/- costs.
WILLIAM WATERFIELD 31.12.1895
WILLIAM DAY 14.02.1902
HARRY DAY 10.01.1922
KENNETH JACK HANNENT 03.09.1935
ANTOINETTE HANNENT 05.04.1947
to May 1976
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The final sign of a famous house.
The final sign






House no. 41 on 1845 Magistrates list

The Jolly Butchers by George Plunkett - Copyright © G.A.F.Plunkett 2002 - shown by permission
23.08.1936
Image by George Plunkett - shown by permission - Copyright © G.A.F.Plunkett 2002


On Saturday 20th March 1852 it was reported that 19 year old William Brown had been charged with having killed and slain John Heartly.
 John Blyth deposed, that he kept the JOLLY BUTCHERS , Ber-street. On Christmas-day last, Heartly and Browne were in his house. They quarrelled and fought. Witness tried to part them and held Heartly in his arms but he broke away and two or three times hit the prisoner, who was being held by Mrs. Blyth. The prisoner then broke away and both of them went into the yard and there fought with their fists. Witness parted them again and took Heartly into the house and shut the door but he broke out and into the yard and fought with Browne for half-an-hour. After that they shook hands and washed themselves. Hearlly was of a quarrelsome disposition and had fought before. After the last fight he was taken to the hospital.
Mr Nichols, surgeon to the hospital, said that he had seen the deceased on December 26th and he was then suffering from severe injuries, caused by blows received. He continued suffering until January 6th when he died.
The Judge, in summing up, remarked on the various degrees in the offence of manslaughter, and said in this case the prisoner was greatly to be pitied, but still the law would allow no fighting, and no breach of the peace.
The jury returned a verdict of guilty with a recommendation to mercy. Sentenced to imprisonment with hard labour for one week.
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Mr. John Blyth applied for licence renewal at the Annual Licensing Sessions, 1852.
Having no knowledge of complaints, Mr. Blyth expected the licence to be renewed as a matter of course and did not attend the hearing. Unfortunately for him, Superintendant Dunne reported that it was `a low lodging house and receptacle for thieves, prostitutes and characters of the worst description'.
At the Adjourned Sessions, Monday 11th October 1852, Police Sergeant Steward was called and confirmed the nature of the parties that used the house but added that Mr. Blyth had always given every facility to the police and conducted the house as well as it could be.
One of the four magistrates said it would be hard to deprive a man of his bread under such circumstances and thieves had to go somewhere. No tenant should be responsible for such types if he did not assist or protect them.
The licence was granted with Mr. Blyth being cautioned to keep his house orderly and as respectable as possible.

Part of the estate of Westons, St. Georges Brewery,
sold to Youngs & Co at auction Thursday 18th August 1864.

The rear of the premises included accommodation, this was known as Days Lodging House by 1920's. Mr (William) Day was previously head cellarman for Morgans Brewery. The youngest of his 9 children was Sidney James Day VC (died 1959), he had won the Victoria Cross during WWII.

The house was later known as BLACK ANNA's after the formidable landlady Antoinette Hannent. The jazz sessions held at the house during Black Anna's long reign became legendary, with Anna leading on vocals.

Converted into offices following closure August 1989.

The Jolly Butchers - 1986
1986

 

  The Norwich Pub Survey of 1986, compiled by the Norwich Society, in association with Norwich City Council, assessed the house:-  
 
Approx date of building Listed Quality Pre-war fittings surviving
External Internal
Late 18th C Yes 6 4 No
Ground floor windows altered in 19th C.
Interior originally two bars, now one.
Bar inserted where staircase formerly was opposite door.
Neo-Tudor in flavour.
Few original ceiling beams.
Formica topped tables.