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SPREAD EAGLE THETFORD Index
OLD MARKET PLACE
St. CUTHBERT
THETFORD BOROUGH FULL LICENCE CLOSED
GRIMSHOE LICENCE REGISTER PS 14/5/1 (1926 - 1954) & THETFORD LICENCE REGISTER PS 14/5/2 (1921 - 1965) 
BIDWELL & Co  On yearly tenancy from St. Johns College, Cambridge 
Licensees :
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T. HARN (?) 1822
THOMAS PENTENY
age 63 in 1851
also as Penteney & Pentney
Died 5th February 1858
1830 - 1858
JAMES BARRETT 1858
JAMES STEVENS 1861 - 1869
PHILIP STEVENS 1871
MARK SHELTON 1873
Monday 20th January 1873 - Fine of £3 and £1 1s costs - See opposite.
CHARLES NICHOLS
(Charles Nicholls 1875)
1875 - 1896
Mrs JANE NICHOLS 1900 - 1904
Mrs H. LARGE 1908 - 1912
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Address as Gaol Street in 1856.

On 25th May 1873 the Norfolk News published the prosecution of Mark Shenton, landlord of the Spread Eagle, for keeping his house open between the hours of 11:00 pm on 16th and 5:00 am on 17th May.
Labourer Alfred Ponder had entered the house at 8:00 pm and left just before 11:00 pm, but returned a few minutes later and remained until 5:00 am the following morning. John Howling, engine driver, had entered the house at 8:00 pm but could not say when he had left since he had been the worse for rum. At about 8:00 am he found himself in a field at his engine. His wife told him he had left his own house at about 7:00 am.
The Bench imposed a fine of £3 and costs of £1 1s. The Norfolk News reported that he could not pay and was therefore committed to Norwich Castle for two months' hard labour.
On 1st February 1873, the Norfolk News published the Erratum:-
The publican, Mark Shelton (not Shenton) did not go to prison but paid the fine and costs on the day.