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GAOL HILL St PETER MANCROFT FULL LICENCE See GUILDHALL STORES
TOMPSON & Co as recorded 1837
FREE TRADE  
Licensees :
JAMES CALLOW
worsted weaver
1760 - 1764
Mrs ANN CALLOW
(died Tuesday 30th October 1781 - aged 85 years - had kept the Labour In Vain for 44 years - so that suggests the Callow family started here in 1737)
to 1781
  -
WILLIAM COLDHAM 1806 - 1810
J. SCOLDEN 1811
PHILIP POSTLE 1822 - 1830
SUSANNA POSTLE 1836
ELIZABETH POSTLE
according to Robson
1839
SUSANNA POSTLE
age 55
1841
PETER ARCHIBALD MORRISON
according to Magistrates
1845
P A Morrison & Co - Wine & Spirit MERCHANTS
according to White
1845
WILLIAM DeCAUX (DeDaux ?)
age 48
1851


* In 1842 Peter Archibald Morrison is given at the Caledonian Tavern. The 1845 Magistrates list confirms Morrison was running the Caledonian Tavern (and other Norwich houses), but the Labour In Vain has no brewer named.

Thanks to MEC for the 1840's update

 

House no. 166 on 1845 Magistrates list


Address as Upper Market 1830.
Near the Library 1845.

At the Council meeting Wednesday 10th May 1837 it was moved that a fresh lease of 31 years be granted to Messrs. Tompson, effective from 25th March 1837 at the annual rent of £18 and the lessees to repair the gable end (on the east side of the estate) at their own expense. Mr. Athow, a member of the committee, said that he hoped the house would never be a public house again since it was a complete nuisance to the public. The property was frequented by carriers and not having a yard room, the whole business was transacted in the street against the Hall. Since the magistrates could not do away with the nuisance whilst it was a public house, he moved that the lease not be granted.
By a show of hands the proposal to grant a lease was defeated by 17 to 16.
In consequence, a motion that the City Council should lay out a sum of no more than £50 to repair the gable, was passed.


At a meeting of the City Council on 1st January 1841 the City Committee recommended that the Labour In Vain be leased to Mr. Thomas Banks for a term of 70 years at the offered rent of £30 per annum and an initial payment of £500.
The Council had previously resolved that the house should not be let again as a public house (see May 1837 above). It was reported that Messrs. Tompson & Co had offered £18 per annum for the Labour in Vain and had laid out £100 on the adjoining premises. This had been done with the sole intention of removing the nuisance of the public house.
The decision to lease the property to Mr. Banks was carried by a large majority.

Labour in Vain Yard was shared by the GUILDHALL STORES.
It appears that the LABOUR IN VAIN ceased to exist from 03.04.1877 when it was was amalgamated with the GUILDHALL STORES.