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BEAR Gt. YARMOUTH B index
8 BRIDGE ROAD
SOUTHTOWN ROAD
St. ANDREWS WARD BEERHOUSE CLOSED 11.05.1940
Gt. YARMOUTH LICENCE REGISTERS Y/CJ/31 & Y/CJ/32 (February 1903 - February 1953)
FREE TRADE as suggested 1819
BELLS 1824
WILLIAM FRANCIS Of Southtown - Leased to Steward & Patteson.
LACON & Co by 1928
Licensees :
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THOMAS PARKERSON
(died 31st January 1783)
to 1783
HENRY HAWKE by 17.03.1783 to at least 1791
WILLIAM SEAMAN 1804
MATTHEW SPENCE 1806 - 1811
JONATHAN BOAST 1819 - 1824
CHARLES BROWNE 1830 - 1841
Mrs BROWNE to August 1842
ROBERT PUNCHER Aug 1842 - 1846
Relocated to new premises 1849
ROBERT STRINGER 1854
ROBERT GEORGE
& carter
(& horse letter & fish curer 1864)
1858 - 1864
(Full) licence application refused Monday 27th August 1860, as were all the other applications from 24 beerhouses in Yarmouth and Gorleston.
JAMES WARD
(Bear Inn)
1868 - 1871
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ALFRED BRIGHTEN
(Alfred Charles Brighten 1883
A C Brighton 1888)
1881 - 1888
CHARLES COX 1890 - 1896
GEORGE ROOK 1900
CHARLES CHURCH by 1903
ALBERT EDWARD HERMAN 06.10.1908
Convicted 27.03.1916 for permitting members of H.M. Forces to be on the premises after 9:00pm. Fine 2/6d or 3 days detention.
ETHEL MAY HERMAN 22.09.1916
Convicted 14.02.1917 of selling out of hours.
Fine 40/- or 1 month in detention.
JOHN GEORGE COSSEY 15.06.1917
ELIZABETH COSSEY 08.03.1940

  
Image thanks to Colin Tooke.


The Yarmouth Machine left here in the forenoon of 22nd and 29th December 1781, taking presents and parcels to the Green Dragon at Bishopsgate, London.

The Norfolk Chronicle of 29th March 1783 carried the notification:-

Yarmouth, March 17, 1783.
Henry Hawke respectfully begs Leave to inform the Nobility, Gentry, his Friends, and the Public in general, that he has taken that compleat Inn, The BEAR, at the Front of Yarmouth Bridge, (late in the Occupation of Mr Thomas Parkerson) where he has laid in a choice Stock of Wines and Liquors. He solicits the Continuance of the Favours of those Gentlemen, Ladies, and others, who are Customers of the House, as well as those of his Friends; at the same Time he assures them that no Pains shall be spared to render their Accommodation agreeable.
N.B. The London Machine inns here.
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A club based at the Bear Inn were part holders of Lottery Ticket No. 7633 and as such were entitled to a quarter share of the £6000 prize. A gamekeeper from Loddon was one of the other winners on this ticket. May 7th 1808
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Charles Browne announced 10th August 1833 that he had made considerable improvement to the house.

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In consequence of the demise of Mr. Browne, it was advertised on 26th March and again 2nd April 1842 that the remaining lease was available to a new tenant. If preferred, a new ten or twelve year lease could be negotiated with the owners. A small but valuable Collection of Oil Paintings, some of them believed to be originals by eminent Masters and very rare, could be viewed at the Inn.

Mrs Browne advised the Public 9th August 1842 that having disposed of her interest in the Bear Hotel, she thanked all for their support and advised that Mr. Puncher, from Norwich, had undertaken the conduct of the Establishment.
On the same date Mr. Robert Puncher acquainted his Friends and Public that he had taken possession of the long-established and comfortable family hotel and solicited those favours so liberally enjoyed by his predecessor, Mrs Browne.

On 17th August 1842, Robert Puncher announced that a very complete Bowling Green would shortly be attached to the Establishment.
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In January 1845, £9 16s was stolen from the Coach-office attached to the Bear Hotel, and such were the circumstances that an employee was suspected.
On the night of Thursday 13th March 1845, Mr. Punchard left £6 (in sovereigns) in the till. It was missing the following morning with no evidence of forced entry into the building. On the Saturday evening, threepence was missed from the till and servant Elizabeth Waters was suspected. Questioned about the crimes she admitted taking the threepence (in halfpennies) but denied any knowledge of the previous robberies. She was remanded for a week, in order that evidence could be gathered.

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A capital Bowling Green, in excellent condition, contiguous to the Hotel, was promoted 28th June 1845 by Robert Punchard.

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Original house was demolished in 1849 to allow building of the new Haven Bridge and the widening of the river. House relocated from what became the South West corner of the bridge to the opposite side of the road, 8 Bridge Road.

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Mr Robert George applied for a full licence Tuesday 6th September 1859 but did not attend the magistrates hearing and so it was refused.

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Licensee Robert George and miller Mr. Press, both of Southtown served notice to the Board Of Health in October 1859 seeking abatement of the nuisance arising from the manure works near Cobholm Island.
Osler's manure factory was said to be a `horrible nuisance' and on Monday 11th October 1859 the smell was described as most offensive and injurious. The following day the Town-clerk, accompanied by Mr. Tewsley, Superintendant, and Mr. Morant, Town Surveyor had inspected the works and agreed that action was to be taken to stop the disgusting nuisance.

Before the magistrates Thursday 20th October 1859 it was heard that Mr. Osler intended to break up his establishment and move it to Burgh.
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Address as Bridge Foot 1822, 1836 & 1839.

Southtown 1830 & 1846.

8 Bridge Road, Gorleston in 1861

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Wine licence granted to Mr. Cox Thursday 21st August 1890.

As the ONE BEAR 1891.


Chief Constable B. W. Smith objected to licence renewal at the Annual Licensing Sessions Friday 12th February 1932.
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Referred to Compensation 10.03.1939.

House closed 10.03.1940.

The private residence of Mrs. A. Bailey in 1959.
Became two shops by 21st C.