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Spread Eagle
19 GAYWOOD ROAD
HIGHGATE
FREEBRIDGE - LYNN HUNDRED FULL LICENCE  
KINGS LYNN LICENCE REGISTERS PS 4/3/1 to 4/3/4 (1872 - 1965)
J SEPPINGS 1880
J. T. SEPPINGS  
HOGGE & SEPPINGS Setch Brewery
BULLARDS  
WATNEY MANN Temporary closure 06.03.1980 : Watney Mann 1985
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Licensees :
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GEORGE CUTTING
& brewer
Died Q3 1849 - age about 55
1830 - 1849
WILLIAM SMITH
age 60 in 1851
& grazier
1850 - 1856
DAVID SEAMAN by 05. 1857 - .1858  
Miss ELEANOR PORTER 1858 - 1859
JOHN HAYLOCK
& mail contractor
Died Q3 1878 - age 49
here 04.1859 - 1877
Accused at the Swaffham Quarter Sessions 8th January 1873 of stealing wood from the Grand Stand formerly used at the Lynn Races - Acquitted. Summons issued 17th February 1873 against those who had given evidence against him - Messrs. Shields and Whistler.
THOMAS KING
& horse trainer & dealer
Age 33 in 1881
by 1879
JOHN MAYLE 13.04.1885
JOHN MEDLAR
(Died Q2 1907 - age 67)
15.02.1886
ALFRED GEORGE CODRINGTON 13.11.1893
HARRY KENT
(Died December 1928 - age 69)
05.04.1897
WILLIAM WHITBY
(Died June 1932 - age 80)
10.10.1904
JAMES DANIEL WATSON
(Died December 1961 - age 85)
20.10.1922
JOHN GRIGGS THOMAS
(Died March 1938 - age 58)
03.03.1930
ELLEN THOMAS 07.02.1938
ARTHUR SMART
(Died June 1960 ?)
04.07.1938
HORACE GEORGE LAKE
Died December 1975 - age 65
15.08.1960
Mrs LAKE 1975
DAVID CONYARD 1975 - 1979
KEITH HONEYWOOD
Assistant district manager - Norwich Brewery
1979
NIGEL & LYN BUNTING by 06.1982
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The Spread Eagle - Gaywood Road - April 1987
April 1987


Listed 1774

Given as Bowling Green, Gaywood Road 1836.

On the evening of Tuesday 25th February 1840, a very large waggon, with six horses, belonging to the Earl of Leicester, arrived at the Spread Eagle, on way from Holkham to the Earl's seat in Derbyshire. The load included plate, linen, servant's clothes and a great variety of valuable articles. The waggon and contents were placed in the paddock behind the public house and one of the attendants took his station in the waggon to take charge of the goods. At about midnight he came running towards the house, giving alarm of fire. The contents of the waggon were on fire. Persons arriving from the theatre and landlord Mr. Cutting endeavoured to extinguish the flames. Fortunately a pump was nearby and plenty of pails were in the brew office. Their exertions soon extinguished the fire, but not before several of the boxes, and their contents were destroyed. Much of the valuable property must have been destroyed. The greatest praise was given to Mr. Cutting. The fire believed to have started when the man guarding the waggon fell asleep, failing to extinguish the candle he had lit in a lantern. The Waggon proceeded on its journey the following day with the property rescued from the flames.

2nd April 1859 - John Haylock, late of Ely, informed his Friends that he had entered the Inn. He described the house as one of the most comfortable houses with decidedly the best Bowling Green in the neighbourhood. Facilities included excellent Stabling, Lock-up Coach houses, Covered-in Skittle Alley, Quiet Ground, &c....  *Agist supplied to Cattle Dealers; and Dinner at the shortest notice.
* Agist - take in and feed.

It was reported 23rd July 1859 that Mrs Eleanor Porter had been before the court several times as an insolvent. (First examination had taken place on 18th May 1859). She had borrowed £300 to enter into business which was doing a prosperous trade, but for some reason, the lender Mr. Laws, Liquor merchant, had one day, demanded that the cash be repaid the next day. This could not be done, "so everything was swept off under a bill of sale, which left her at the mercy of her creditors." On Wednesday 13th July 1859, Mr. Laws withdrew his opposition to the final order of insolvency, which was granted.

Transferred into Kings Lynn, Kettlewell Borough,1880

John Haylock passed through the Insolvency Court in 1859 and served six months in Cambridge gaol having paid his creditors some £200 in order to avoid a sentence of up to eighteen months. He fully repaid his creditors some time after being discharged from gaol.

In 1865 & 1875 as as well as being licensee of the SPREAD EAGLE, he is described as Mail contractor to Her Majesty's Government & by special appointment to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.

In 1866 he had been accused by licensee John Joseph Curtis (SHOULDER of MUTTON, Kings Lynn.) of taking ten sovereigns from his purse. In consequence Haylock took action of slander against Curtis. After a lengthy hearing, with Walker, one of the witnesses for Curtis, being quoted as previously being imprisoned for fraud and the other, Gagen having been previously discharged from the employ of Haylock, the jury found in favour of Haylock.

£25 damages were awarded.