Licensees :
? 1813

11th November 1769 - James Stagg, gardener was taking orders for his White thorn Layers, of two year's growth, at six-pence per Hundred. The requests could be left at the Angel in Yarmouth, or at his own house, the KINGS HEAD, Caister

James Stagg, gardener at Caister offered for sale, 26th February 1774, One Hundred Thousand and upwards of very fine White Thorn Spring, of one to two feet high

It was advertised 24th January 1778 that amongst 16 other lots, a Messuage at Caister was to be Sold. The property consisted of a Tenement, Coach House, Barn, Stables and various other Buildings, about 9 Acres of Land, the greater part in Public Gardens, Bowling Green, Plantations, &c. In occupation of James Stagg and others at the yearly Rent of £39 15s.

James Stagg given as a nurseryman at Caister, 9th January 1790.

J & S Stagg informed their Friends and the Public, 23rd February 1793, that they had a large quantity of trees available at Caister Nurseries. Products included Holly, Oak seedlings, Poplars, Sycamores, Elm, Beech, Hornbeam, Peach, Nectarine, Cherry, Apple, &c. &c.

A Messuage at Caister, late in the occupation of James Stagg, was to be Sold by Auction, Wednesday 6th January 1796. Consisting of a neat Dwelling House, bowling green and 9 Acres of land, extremely well adapted for a Public Garden or Nursery-grounds. Immediate possession.
Twelve Tons of the best Swedish Iron were also to be disposed of.

The Estate known as the CAISTER GARDENS, late in the occupation of James Stagg, was advertised To Be Sold, 10th September 1796.

An Estate, known by the name of CAISTER GARDENS, was to be Sold or Let, as advertised 4th March 1797. Consisting of a neat Dwelling House and 9 Acres of land, peculiarly adapted to all the purposes of a Public Garden.

To be Sold by Auction Wednesday, 23rd July 1800. The CAISTER GARDENS Estate, comprising a commodious brick build Dwelling House of 3 or 4 rooms on a floor, Pleasure Grounds, Bowling Green, &c., the whole upwards of 9 Acres.......... On lease to Sir Edmund Lacon, Knt. at only £80 per annum.

Advertised 12th November 1803 - To be Let and entered Immediately.
That Capital Public House, called or known by the name of the LORD NELSON, or CAISTER GARDENS.
With 9 acres of well stocked garden ground and Bowling-green

Offered for sale by auction 20th March 1813.
Described as the CAISTER GARDENS, Public Inn, two miles from Yarmouth. (The King's Head appears to have been renamed after 1796.)
Sale later advertised to be on Saturday 24th April 1813.
Containing altogether 5A. 1R. 2P.
The capital Messuage being used as a Public House.
Further particulars available from Mr. Colman, linen draper of Gt. Yarmouth, or Mr. Worship, solicitor of that town.
Immediate possession.

Offered July 1814 To Let for a term of Seven Years, if not sold by 1st September. With Pleasure and Fruit Gardens, Bowling Green, Coach-house and Stables. Also 4½ Acres lately allotted under the Caister Inclosure Act.
Since it was independent of a Brewer or Liquor Merchant, and a short distance from Great Yarmouth, it was a most desirable one for an Innkeeper.
The Messuage or Inn might at a very inconsiderable expense be converted into an excellent residence for a Gentleman's family.

Perhaps same as the GARDEN HOUSE, the address of Robert Brooks in July 1810, who offered a reward of One Guinea and reasonable expenses for the return of his stolen horse?

Recorded as the LORD NELSON by 1830.

Caister Gardens and Lord Nelson connection thanks to Colin Tooke, July 2021.