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61 GROVE ROAD LAKENHAM FULL LICENCE  
NORWICH LICENCE REGISTERS PS 1/8/1 to PS 1/8/4 (1867 to 1965)
STEWARD, PATTESON, FINCH & Co (Leased)
STEWARD & PATTESON Purchased from the Trafford Estate 13.03.1950
WATNEY MANN  
NORWICH BREWERY  
FREEHOUSE by 1992
Licensees :
ROBERT ALLEN from 1887
Fine of £5 and costs of £3 9s 6d on Wednesday 1st June 1892 for selling alcohol on bowling green.
See opposite.
MARY ALLEN 05.04.1909
THOMAS LOCKWOOD 11.05.1909
WILLIAM CURL
(went bankrupt)
12.10.1909
SAMUEL JOHN FOLKES 28.08.1923
Convicted 09.05.1927 of selling out of hours.
Fine £1 or 13 days detention.
BARRINGTON ERNEST THORPE 20.11.1934
ARTHUR SCOTT 31.12.1935
TOM BECKINGHAM
(Transferred to Kings Arms - North Walsham)
01.09.1936
SAMUEL HORACE BEALES 25.08.1942
Closed 1942 due to enemy action.
Licence suspended 15.10.1942
Reopened 15.07.1943 in temporary building.
CECIL HERBERT CLARKE 24.08.1943
DORIS HILDA CLARKE 17.11.1959
SAM BALME TOWNEND 03.01.1961
ROBERT VINCENT BUNN 03.09.1963
CHARLES FREDERICK ALBERT BANE 16.03.1965
PERCY EDGAR RUSH 25.04.1967
FRANK WILLIAM KNIGHT 02.09.1969
PERCY EDGAR RUSH 08.09.1970
WILLIAM FOREMAN 13.03.1973
WILLIAM FOREMAN & IAN McDONALD 14.02.1989
MALCOLM EWING & JAMES ALLEN 08.08.1989
ANN MARIE WHITEHEAD & MALCOLM EWING 19.03.1991
STUART HOYLE 12.11.1991
STUART HOYLE & CHRISTOPHER HIGGINS 04.02.1992
CHRISTOPHER HIGGINS 02.02.1993 - August 2015
MIKE DE'ATH August 2015



 c1895 image thanks to Elaine Fenton.
c1895 image - Thanks to Elaine Fenton.


Licence of the NURSERY TAVERN finally removed to new premises 1887. Sign changed to the TRAFFORD ARMS.

The new premises had been erected some 200 feet from the site of the Nursery Tavern, allowing the road to be widened by 12 feet.

 Robert Allen made an application, on Monday 24th August 1891, for a music and singing licence for the convenience of some fifty musical union members who met in the club-room. Also for occasional music in the bar parlour.
Application granted.

On Wednesday 1st June 1892 landlord Robert Allen was summoned for unlawfully selling liquor at the bowling green on 12th, 19th, 22nd and 23rd May 1892. The licence of the NURSERY TAVERN, (run some 30 years previously by the father of Robert Allen), had been transferred to the Trafford Arms. The licence then had allowed selling liquor at two bowling greens, one adjoining the house and another 130 or 140 yards distant. The Nursery Tavern paid a licence fee of £25, whereas a licence for the house only would have been £17 per year. When the Nursery Tavern closed in 1886, the licence had been transferred to the new house and the payment of £25 had contiued.
The Town Clerk argued that Mr. Allen could not be innocent since he hired the public house from Messrs. Steward & Patteson, but the distant bowling green, at which Mr. Allen had sold liquor, was under separate hire from Mr. Trafford.
Liable to a fine of £50, the magistrates inflicted a fine of £5 and costs of £3 9s 6d.

In March 1895 two large chimney stacks fell through the roof following a three hour cyclone-like gale

In 1903, following disagreement about the price of teas, the Victoria Bowling Club ceased to meet at the Trafford Arms.

 Damaged by enemy action 27.05.1942.
Severely damaged by enemy action June 1942.
(S&P records state `Blitzed 23.06.1942, quite burnt out')

Trading recommenced 15th July 1943 from a temporary wooden hut.

House rebuilt by 1955 (partially)

9th July 1955 - norfolkpubs.co.uk
9th July 1955.

Newspaper report of 29.10.1996 states that
`Landlords Chris & Glynis Higgins took over November 1992 ...
Transformed it into a Free House cask beer oasis'.

 

  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
1950 No 5 6 No
One large open plan bar room.
Decor all Modern / Tudor reproduction.
Large `U' shaped bar counter set against back wall.
Wood panelled with turned supports for wooden glass rack above.
Modern brick fireplace with brick overmantles.
False ceiling beams covering RSJ's have bracketed timber supports.