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185 LOWER KING STREET St ETHELDRED BEERHOUSE CLOSED 30.09.1959
NORWICH LICENCE REGISTERS PS 1/8/1 to PS 1/8/4 (1867-1965)
.. Released by William Leifchild to Charles Kett Tompson and Henry Kett Tompson 17.08.1839
TOMPSONS to 25th March 1845
MORGANS   
YOUNGS, CRAWSHAY & YOUNGS   
BULLARDS   
Licensees :
JAMES WEGG
worsted weaver
1760 - 1764
JOHN MINNER 1802 - 1811
ROBERT KIRK 1822
JOHN PUMMELL 1830
JOHN THWAITES
age 42 in 1851
(age 1861 given as 50 and profession as publican & maltster  2 doors away from Rainbow - He died 1882)
1836 - * 1861
WILLIAM GREEN 1862 - 1864
Fine of 1s and 11s costs on Friday 7th November 1862 for having house open for sale of beer, on the previous Sunday, at illegal hours.
Old licence set aside owing to previously being fined for offences against the tenor of licence - Renewal considered Tuesday 25th August 1863.
JOHN WILDE
age 61 in 1871
by 1864
Convicted 19.05.1877 of allowing consumption out of hours.
Fine £1 plus 17/6d costs or 14 days detention.
WILLIAM SLOPER 04.10.1878
ALFRED BAILEY
age 50 in 1881
10.10.1879
SAMUEL JOHNSON
died Q1 1901 - age 63
(Mrs  Emma Johnson given in 1890 directory) 
27.03.1888
Convicted 24.10.1888 of allowing consumption out of hours.
Fine 10/- plus costs.
Convicted 09.03.1899 of keeping open out of hours.
Fine £2 plus 7/- costs or 14 days detention.
WILLIAM JOHN CROWE
age 49 in 1901
(died Q3 1906 - age 63)
10.10.1899
WILLIAM GEORGE BALDRY 27.11.1907
ALBERT JONATHAN CORK 01.12.1908
ALBERT EDWARD HORNER
age 35 in 1911
07.02.1910
ROBERT ARTHUR HORNE 07.05.1912
WILLIAM RICHES 25.11.1913
ARTHUR CHARLES STEWARD 05.04.1923
JOHN SUMMERS 10.03.1931
GEORGE JAMES JENKINS 05.04.1952
EDMUND WALTER DURRANT 17.11.1953
SIDNEY ARTHUR BOLINGBROKE 04.10.1955
STANLEY ARTHUR BROWN
(Went to Beehive - Sprowston)
31.11.1957
PERCY SHEPHEARD 17.11.1959

 



A large metal ring was attached internally at one corner, this was said to be for restraint of a performing bear in the late 1800's.

The Eastern Daily Press of Monday May 21 1877 reported :-

John Wilde, landlord of the Rainbow public-house, King-street, was charged with allowing intoxicating liquors to be consumed on his premises at twenty-five minutes past eleven on Monday night. The Town Clerk supported the information. Police-constable Goldsmith on visiting the house at the time in question found three men drinking, who said they were lodgers, in which they were corroborated by the landlord. To-day the defendant admitted this was false, and said he was very sorry. The Bench told him he had made the case worse by telling a falsehood, and fined him £1 and 17s 6d costs. The license would have been endorsed had not the house received a good character.

Horace Aldgate, shoemaker, Mill-street, Lakenham, and George Snelling, labourer, Ber-street, for being at the Rainbow at the above unlawful time, were each fined 10s and 12s costs.

 

Thanks to Maureen Rust for the transcription.


Although licensed as a beerhouse, wines and spirits are reported to have been on sale after 1920. It is further reported that the house was fined several times for breaking the terms of the licence.

Hours of opening in the 1940's were:-
6:00pm to 10:30pm Monday to Saturday
12:00pm to 2:00pm and 7:00pm to 10:00pm Sundays.

Bullards confirmed to the Magistrates by letter dated 12.10.1959 that the house had closed 30.09.1959

 Harvey Gooch, nephew of Stanley Brown, advises September 2014, that following closure, the beer pumps were removed from the bar and reinstalled at the Beehive.

House No. 11 on 1845 Magistrates list