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  161 NORTHGATE STREET
42 CAISTER ROAD
St. NICHOLAS WARD BEERHOUSE CLOSED by 1916
Gt. YARMOUTH LICENCE REGISTERS Y/CJ/31 & Y/CJ/32 ( February 1903 - February 1953 )
LACON & Co  
Licensees :
BENJAMIN POWELL 1854 - 1856
GEORGE FRANCIS
Age 40 in 1861
( Fish curer at Caister Road in 1858 - no mention of beer )
1859 - * 1865
Fined 5s Monday 21st May 1860 for allowing drinking at illegal hours on the day previous.
Fined 5s on 28th May 1861 for having house open at illegal hours.
Ordered to put 5s in the poor box 18th July 1864.
See opposite.
EDWARD HOOK 1869 - * 1875
E CUTTING 1877
GEORGE RICHARD FRANCIS 1879
WILLIAM ROBERT KNIGHTS
age 38 in 1881
1881 - 1886
JAMES WOOLNOUGH 1888 - 1890
HENRY KIRK
Age 61 in 1891
1891 - 1894
JOHN REEVE 1896
W WIGGER 1900
NELSON SHIPP by 1901
ELIJAH WALTER GIBBS 15.11.1912
JAMES BANHAM 09.10.1913
ROBERT HENRY PLEASANTS 14.11.1913
JAMES BANHAM 02.02.1915

 Image property of Phil Gibbs 2013.
The Castle Tavern 1912.
Eleanor Gibbs with her three children.
Image thanks to Phil Gibbs September 2013

42 Caister Road in 1871
105 Caister Road in 1886


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

George Francis was fined 5 shillings on 21st May 1860 for having his house open and permitting persons to be drinking therein, at illegal hours on the previous Saturday night and Sunday morning.

At the licensing Sessions held 2nd September 1862 the application by George Frances for a ( full ) licence was refused. The property then described as a beer-shop.

On Monday 18th July 1864, George Francis was accused of keeping his house open for the sale of beer at 11:35 on the night of Saturday 16th and of abusing the constable who had entered the house to find three persons drinking. In defence it was said that it had been stated in a previous case, by Lord Chief Justice Cockburn, ( as reported in the Law Times ) that no landlord was bound to turn out his customers at twelve o'clock. The representative for Mr. Francis said it was not for the licensee to prove his innocence but the prosecution had to prove the beer was sold after eleven o'clock.
The case concluded with Mr. Francis being ordered to put 5s in the poor box.

Referred for Compensation 3rd March1914.
Licence renewal refused 24th July 1914.

Licence expired 27th April 1916