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CASTLE DITCHES
CASTLE MEADOW
St. MICHAEL AT THORN FULL LICENCE CLOSED by 1867
YOUNGS & Co As given 1845
Licensees :
EDWARD SNOWLEY 1830
STEPHEN MALTSTER
(also as Malster)
1836 - 1845
(SAMUEL MALSTER according to White) (1845)
GEORGE RICHES 1846 - 07.09.1847
CHARLES GOAT
age 48 in 1851
1850 - 1851
ELIZABETH COLE
(married to Elijah in 1845, although he is not mentioned as licensee until 1856)
1854 - 1856
ELIJAH COLE
(Went to MITRE)
1856 - 1859
ROBERT PINNOCK
publican
(At the SWAN, King Street 1862)
1861
JAMES THIRKETTLE
labourer & publican
1861

For Sale by Auction Monday 26th June 1837.
Location given as a good front next the Castle Ditches and also next Common Pump Street.
Comprising a large Porter room, Bar, large Parlour, five sleeping rooms, cooking kitchen, wash house, pantry, large cellar with small yard behind. Including stabling for six horses. All in occupation of Mr. Stephen Maltster.
Also a large room, Under the public house, used as a Carpenter's Shop, in occupation of Mr. Isaac Harvey.

Licence lost ** 7th September 1847 owing to disorderly manner in which the house had been conducted. One of the magistrates, Mr. Willett, said that he had made up his mind that he would sign no licence to a house that had been proved to be a common brothel. The 10 magistrates agreed that the decision to withdraw the licence would stand.

At the Annual licensing Meeting, Tuesday 30th August 1859, the representative of Youngs, Crawshay and Youngs said they would rather close the house than allow it to be badly conducted. The licence renewal of Elijah Cole was opposed on grounds that the house was kept as a brothel. Mr. Cole stated that the girls living at the house were not of bad character and gained a living by taking in sewing. The police however told a different tale. A licence was granted on the understanding that Mr. Cole be replaced with a respectable tenant.
(It was confirmed that the house adjoined the WILLIAM TELL which had been run in the same manner and received a similar fate.)


The 1861 census gives two occupants under the Wheatsheaf, Southeast Castle Ditches.

** One sessions report gives the date of sitting as Tuesday 7th September, but a second report gives Wednesday 8th September 1847.