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108 BARRACK STREET St. JAMES FULL LICENCE CLOSED 09.07.1992
NORWICH LICENCE REGISTERS PS 1/8/1 to PS 1/8/4 ( 1867 - 1965 )
? to 1845
YOUNGS & Co Owned by John Youngs the Elder, as recorded 17.03.1888
BULLARDS 1958
WATNEY MANN  
NORWICH BREWERY  
Licensees :
ROBERT BURGESS 1822
JOHN EGLINGTON 1830
NOAH THROWER 1836 - 1839
MARY DYKE 1842
WILLIAM CROTCH
according to Magistrates.
1845
JOHN ANNISON
age 60 in 1851
* 1850 - 1851
WILLIAM St. QUINTIN
( as William Quintin 1856 )
1853 - 1856
Fine of 2s 6d and 11s 6d costs on Thursday 13th October 1853 (Either for allowing drunkenness or for selling out of hours)
R BETTS 1859
RICHARD BATSON 1861 - 1864
Saturday 30th January 1864 - Fine of 10s and costs for selling at illegal hours the previous Sunday.
SAMUEL BROWNE by 1865
SAMUEL BROWNE junior 17.12.1885
Convicted 16.03.1899 of keeping open out of hours
Fine 10/- plus 8/- costs or 7 days detention.
THOMAS ROBERT NOBBS 27.11.1907
JAMES CHAPMAN 01.12.1908
ELIZABETH LOWTHORPE CHAPMAN 05.04.1910
ALBERT EDWARD TEMPLE 05.04.1911
BENJAMIN WHITTAKER 26.11.1912
MARTHA WHITTAKER 07.05.1918
BENJAMIN WHITTAKER junior 05.04.1928
Licence removed to new premises opposite 11.05.1937
JOHN WILLIAM MILLER 14.06.1955
PATRICK HOPKINS 22.04.1975
MOLLY HOPKINS 19.06.1984
JOHN SYDNEY CLARKE 07.01.1986
JOHN MICHAEL HILYER & ANGELA JANE READ 16.06.1987
P. WHITE 11.12.1990 - 1992


  Eastern Daily Press 18 March 1899

NORWICH PUBLICAN IN COURT

SUNDAY BEER
At the Norwich police court on Thursday, Samuel Brown of the Sportsman public house, Barrack Street, was summoned for having his house open for the sale of intoxicants at 12.18 on Sunday last, during prohibited hours.
Mr. Reeve defended.
Police constable Hook said at about 18 minutes past 12 on Sunday in company with another constable, he visited the defendants house. In the back yard he saw 3 men, one of whom had a glass of ale in his hand. The window was open and the landlord stood near the window. As soon as the witness entered the yard the defendant went away, but he came back, and witness asked how he accounted for these men being on his premises. the defendant thought it was 12.30, his clock must have been fast. Witness asked for names and the addresses of the 3 men. They gave them but two proved to be false.
Cross examined - When witness entered the defendants front room the defendants clock pointed to 12.29. There was no concealment about the men who were drinking.
Re-examined the front door was not opened, the back door was.
PC Smith corroborated.
Mr. Reeve having addressed the bench without calling witness.
The chairman said the defendant would be fined 10 shillings and 8 shillings costs. Under the circumstances the license would not be endorsed
The Sportsman by George Plunkett - Copyright © G.A.F.Plunkett 2002 - shown by permission
29.05.1938
Image by George Plunkett - shown by permission - Copyright © G.A.F.Plunkett 2002
Image provided by Mrs Betty Sayer
1929
Image thanks to Betty Sayer.


Original house stood on the opposite side of the road at
139 Barrack Street. Location was between Black Boys Yard and Seven Stars Yard, with the NEW BREWERY between it and Black Boys Yard.

The NEW BREWERY was offered for sale by auction Tuesday 8th July 1845. A Chamber and Attic adjoining the public house, in occupation of Robert Bulmer, also included in same lot.

The licensee of this house (recorded as Weeds St. Quinton) was one of seven who were fined during early October 1853, for allowing drunkenness in their house or for selling at improper hours. The editorial commenting on the enforcement of law thought it would have been better if the clamp-down had commenced with the landlords of houses of a higher class.

At the 1898 Licensing Sessions ( 22nd August ) the police advised that they had considerable difficulty in supervising the house. The problem was described that as well as the main front door, there were two back doors, one of which opened into a passage, and the other into a yard. From the so called ground floor cellar there was a door that led to a passage bounded by two walls, at the end of which was a further 6 foot high wall - `An active man could easily get over the impediment, and no doubt several had'.

Listed as the JOLLY SPORTSMAN 1922 to 1939

The Sportsman - 28.07.1996
28.07.1996

Closed 09.07.1992.

Used as solicitors offices c1995 to 2002.

 

  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
1937 No 5 5 Yes
Bar across front of the building, originally three rooms.
Separate bar at rear.
Spacious, comfortable local - public bar/games room at rear slightly more spartan.
Original pub of same name stood on opposite side of road.