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Sun & Anchor
LOBSTER LANE
1 POST OFFICE STREET
St. JOHN MADDERMARKET   CLOSED by 1867
YOUNGS & Co to 1813?
FREE TRADE as suggested by the 1845 Magistrates list
Licensees :
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SAMUEL TOFT
Died Sunday 19th September 1813 - age 68
1808 - 1813
Mrs TOFT widow 1813 - 01.1814
NED PAINTER
& pugilist
1820
ISAAC WISEMAN
(Importer of foreign wines & spirits, Exchange Street & Post Office Street - 1846)
1842 - 1846
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House No. 267 on 1845 Magistrates list.

Freehold Estate for sale by Auction on Tuesday 20th September 1808.
A well established Tavern in occupation of Samuel Toft and adjoining private dwelling in the occupation of Mr. Spanton who is the owner of the Estate.

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Advertised For Sale by Private Contract 24th December 1813. Apply to Mr. J. Youngs, brewer, King Street, executor to the late Samuel Toft.

Advertised to be sold Tuesday 1st February 1814 following the death of Samuel Toft.
A freehold property with convenient sleeping-rooms, an excellent and well attended billiard room, club room, parlour, porter room, good kitchen, cellar, &c....
It was announced 29th January 1814 that the property had been sold by private treaty.

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The Norfolk Chronicle of 1st January 1820 advised that Ned Painter had taken the Sun & Anchor, Lobster Lane.
As well as selling the best Ales, London Porter, Spirits, Wine etc., he would be giving private lessons in sparring, in the most scientific style.
(An accomplished bare knuckle boxer, Ned Painter was the only man credited with beating English Champion of the day, Tom Spring.)
Ned `Flatnose' Painter had defeated `the distinguished bruiser' Tom Spring on 7th August 1818, then married a `Norwich Lass' and later taken the Anchor Tavern which became regarded as the centre and head-quarters of those who delighted in boxing, racing and all old English Sports. (People's Weekly Journal 18th September 1886)

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Bolingbroke, in Norfolk Archaeology, places the Sun & Anchor to the South of St. Crouch churchyard, roughly in the position of the later Post Office Tavern. It is likely that the original Sun & Anchor was demolished in the late 1820's when Exchange Street was created (by c1832)

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The Post Office Tavern is listed in 1845 as well as the Sun & Anchor, which is given in Post Office Street (Lower part of Exchange Street)

Rumours that the IRONMONGERS ARMS was previously the Sun & Anchor have not been substantiated.