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6 BER STREET St. JOHN TIMBERHILL FULL LICENCE CLOSED 1940
NORWICH LICENCE REGISTERS PS 1/8/1 to PS 1/8/3 ( 1867 to 1953 )
- For sale 1839 by order of the trustees of Mrs Elizabeth Lacey, deceased.
TACONS as recorded 1845
WILLIAM EMMS by 1867
BULLARDS 1890
MORGANS c1895
YOUNGS, CRAWSHAY & YOUNGS by 1904
Licensees :
JOHN RICHARDSON
tailor
1763 - 1764
CHARLES BLACKBURN 1806 - 1807
SAMUEL SMITH 1807
EBENEZER HANSHAW / HENSHAW 1810
MATTHEW RANDALL 1822
MICHAEL FENN 1830
SHGM (?) PANK 1836
MARY ANN PANK 1839
NOAH THROWER 1842 - 1846
CLEMENT ANDERSON 1850
EDWARD CURTIS ** 1851
Mr. WAITE by 1852
THOMAS WAIGHT 1854 - 1859
WILLIAM EMMS
Previously at STAR & CROWN
by 1861
Licence refused Tuesday 27th August 1867 but granted on appeal 16th October 1867
ARTHUR ROBERT EMMS 18.08.1883
JOHN HENRY EMMS 17.06.1884
Convicted 07.11.1884 of allowing consumption out of hours.
Fine £2 plus 17/6d costs.
Conviction quashed 06.01.1885 on appeal to Quarter Sessions.
WILLIAM RULE 23.01.1888
WILLIAM EDWARDS 25.06.1889
ROBERT JAMES HAVERS 17.02.1891
ROBERT REYNOLDS 10.10.1895
GEORGE RICHARD PARKER 12.05.1896
JAMES WILLIAM SAYER 07.05.1907
EDWARD PERCY RAWLINS 06.04.1908
BERTIE HARRY SNEATH 07.02.1912
GEORGE SHINN 14.01.1913
Convicted 23.11.1920 of selling out of hours.
Fine £2 or 13 days detention.
Convicted 23.11.1926 of selling out of hours.
Fine £5 or 21 days detention.
Convicted 23.06.1927 of failing to admit Police.
Fine £2 or 13 days detention.
ROBERT JAMES NELSON 04.10.1927
WILLIAM HENRY ABBOTT 06.01.1931
ERNEST MANN 29.12.1936
WILFRED GEORGE De JONGE 12.02.1946



For sale by auction Thursday 5th September 1839 - without reserve.
With Cellars, Stabling and Outbuildings belonging, all in occupation of Mrs. Pank. Also several dwelling houses in the yard, in the several occupations of Mr. Matthew Randall and Messrs., Austin, Clements, Pointer, Nooth, Clarke, Jacobs, Preston, Foster, Woodrow, Mann, Dean, Lawrence and Bushell.


Licence withdrawn September 1851 on account of the landlord harbouring gamblers therein.

Full licence lost 31st August 1852.
The police objecting to licence renewal since the house was said to be run in a disorderly manner. Licence refused by the magistrates.

Mr. Waite applied for licence renewal Monday 4th October 1852.
It was said he kept the WHITE HART, but the licence had been refused at the Annual Licensing Day ( August 1852, see above ).
Again the licence was refused.

It was reported that Thomas Waight applied for a new licence 28th August 1855 - Application refused.

Full licence again refused 2nd September 1856 and 1st September 1857 upon application of Thomas Waight.

Full licence granted Monday 30th August 1859 to Thomas Waight.

Licence given special consideration August 1867 owing to past improper conduct and in consequence, refused.

William Emms appealed against the Mayor and Magistrates of Norwich Wednesday 16th October 1867 for their decision not to award him a licence for the sale of excisable liquors at the WHITE HART. He claimed that they had acted arbitrarily, unjustly and illegally.
Mr. Emms said that he had resided in the city for forty years, twenty of which were keeping public houses. He said that after twelve years at the STAR & CROWN he had been summoned for selling out of hours and unfortunately used rather strong language before the magistrates and at the next occasion he had been refused a licence. He had however been granted a licence for the WHITE HART, a property that he owned. He had spent £1500 on improvements and had stabling for seventy to eighty horses. The house was extensively used by farmers and country people. A Building Society held its meetings there. He had been summoned in March 1867 for selling beer during prohibited hours, but the charge was dismissed. On 20th August he had applied as usual for licence renewal but had fallen ill in Court, so had left his son to receive the licence. The magistrates had refused to grant the licence and did not give any reason.
The takings at the house were £40 to £50 per week.
There was a cottage in the yard, but it was unoccupied, only used on occasion by his children. He had paid a little under £700 for the WHITE HART and the licence had been transferred from Mr. Waite.
In February 1866, a lodger named Twaddle had been taken from the house, charged with stealing oil-cake. Apparently the robbery had been planned at the WHITE HART and persons named Staff, Sales and Bowen were accomplices.
In December 1865 three men had slept in the cottage and had stolen a bottle of brandy from him. They were later convicted of robbery.
A man named Hubbard, who had been convicted of forgery,  occupied a shop owned by Mr. Emms, but he was not aware that the police had taken him away.
The magistrates said that at the August Sessions it had been their duty to refuse a number of licenses and altogether 36 had been lost. This property was surrounded by 14 other licensed houses and it was almost impossible to conduct places of this description without having recourse to very doubtful means. Having lost his licence at the STAR & CROWN and an accumulation of other unfortunate matters, including the knowledge that his house was frequented by thieves, their refusal had been quite justified.
The magistrates retired for a few minutes and returned the decision to grant the licence. There was loud applause from the audience in court.


Property sold in 1884 by auctioneers Clowes & Nash.

Offered to let by Youngs, Crawshay & Youngs Ltd
in the Norwich Mercury of 20th January 1904
` With excellent stables - The whole of the premises have been recently renovated.
Suitable for Horse Breaker or Job Master'

House closed in 1940 for the duration of the war.
A letter dated 30.08.1940 from Morgans to the Magistrates says that the house is temporarily closed due to war conditions.

Damaged by enemy action 27.05.1942 and never reopened.
A letter from Morgans dated 29.03.1946 describes the property as an `Open war damage site'.

Property derelict by 1950's