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8 SWAN LANE St ANDREW - CLOSED
STEWARD & Co Freehold owned by George Morse
Licensees :
JAMES MUNFORD
hot presser
1760 - 1764
THOMAS LUSHER 1802
ALEXANDER YOUNG
labourer
1806 - 1807
FRANCES JOHNSON 1810
ROBERT BECKHAM 1822
NATHANIEL BRIGGS 1830
JOHN BURTON 1836
SAMUEL GAFFER
age 40 in 1841
1839 - 1842
CHARLES THOMPSON 1845
ANDREW HAYSTEAD
age 43 in 1851
1850 - 1851
EDWARD TUDDENHAM 1854 - 1856
JEM MACE
(James Mace 1859)
1857 - 1859

On Thursday 3rd September 1857, George Webb, Maria Arterton and Mary Ann Wright appeared in court accused of stealing a box containing a half sovereign, two brooches, a silver guard chain and a tooth pick, the property of Mr. Mace.
The accused had been drinking in the club-room which adjoined the bed-room. The lock of the bed-room had been forced. The crime was discovered when Mrs Mace went to put her child to bed. Constable Hunt was on duty and later spotted the three accused near St. James' Church, opposite the Wrestlers public house. Maria Arterton was observed to conceal something under her shawl. The constable followed her into a yard where she was apprehended, the box being discovered in a privy near the spot.
With no case against Wright she was discharged, but the other two were committed to trial.
A second report on the proceedings states that Adelaide Burton was also initially included in the charge of stealing the box. The prosecution offered no charge against her and called her as a witness. George Webb claimed that Burton and Mr. Wright induced him to commit the robbery and Wright even provided the picklock keys to open the bedroom door.
Webb admitted taking the box, passing it to Burton, who transferred it to Arterton.


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On Saturday 9th October 1858, James Mace was charged with using threatening language to Mrs. Mary Ann Stowers. Mrs. Stowers said that she had called in an attempt to collect £7 15s owed to her husband. It was claimed that Mr. Mace had said his wife would `serve her out' and he would `serve her husband out'. He was also accused of saying that he would pay £20 to have Mr. Stowers killed.
Mr. Mace was bound over to keep the peace.

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See BLACK BULL, Magdalen Street for detail of an altercation involving Mr. Mace in December 1859.

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House not found after 1859.

A magnificent sign in the form of a White Swan is still displayed above Dipples the jewellers shop.
Prize fighter Jem Mace appears to have been the last licensee of the house.
The first public boxing match that Jem Mace undertook was against `Licker' Pratt (See Hampshire Hog). Mr Mace lost, but went on to be English Champion in 1861. He moved to the USA in 1869.
He was in Australia from 1877 - 1882.
He was giving sparring demonstrations until his death 30th November 1910.
Although he made considerable amounts of money during his career, he is said to have been penniless at the time of his death.
`Spent it all on women and horses'.

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Jem Mace born Beeston near Swaffham, 8th April 1831.
Died Liverpool aged 79 - Buried in Anfield Cemetery in grave only marked `595'.
(Headstone erected 31st November 2002)

World Champion boxer - with and without gloves

 

House No. 280 on 1845 Magistrates list.