At the Brewster Sessions 24th August 1901, the Chief Constable reported that there were a total of 306 licences - Comprising:-

173 Ale Houses
97 Beer Houses
11 Off Licences
4 Wine Refreshment Rooms
20 Grocers Licences

1 Spirit Licence.

By 1936 LACONS owned 171 licensed houses in Gt Yarmouth

Having a lovely time.....Lacons to the left, Hunts mineral waters to the right and a barrel in the centre.


Messrs. Nicholls & Lee, merchants of Yarmouth, advertised 22nd February 1812, the availability of casks of newly imported Dantzic Black Beer.  Orders would be taken for any quantity not less than one keg.

174 licenses were granted Friday 4th September 1846. No complaint had been made against any parties. One new application, by Mr. Haines, for premises on the corner of Queen Street, was refused since there were already ten public houses within one hundred yards.

It was reported September 1850 that eight new spirit licences had been awarded to beershops, in spite of many of them adjoining existing spirit shops. It was said that there were then upwards of 180 spirit dealers in the town of 30,000 inhabitants.

In September 1852 it was reported that there were 183 houses licensed to sell Beer and Spirits. There were 97 Beerhouses.

In May 1859 the paving commissioners announced a provision of the Town's Police Clauses Act, that any person keeping a public house, shop or room, for the sale of refreshments, knowingly suffering prostitutes or reputed thieves to assemble and continue in the premises, would be subject to a fine of 40s.

In September 1859 the magistrates advised that there were 156 public houses and 66 beerhouses.
41 in St Nicholas Ward
21 in Market Ward
25 in Regent Ward
32 in St. George's Ward
40 in Nelson Ward
& 23 in St. Andrew Ward
( This totals 182, excluding beerhouses, so 156 reported above seems in error )

At the August 1864 Sessions 182 licenses were renewed (Full licences)
There were 42 public houses in St. Nicholas Ward.
21 in Market Ward
24 in Regent Ward
31 in St. George's Ward
41 in Nelson Ward
& 23 in St. Andrew Ward
Beerhouses were not accounted for.

Following the 1872 Licensing Act, it was reported August 1873 that there were 183 fully licensed houses and 136 beerhouses (Including Gorleston)
There were a great number of houses that were not of the (annual) value required by the new legislation and so the magistrates could refuse licenses if the properties were not brought up to the required value.
The required value was £15 for Yarmouth and £11 for Gorleston.



29th October 1959 : Gt Yarmouth and District LVA Auxillary

October 1959 - A fine turnout of Gt Yarmouth ( & district ) landladies
visiting the Guinness Park Royal Brewery.
Recognise anybody?

Mrs Ethel Gladys Hood of the Lord Roberts is at the extreme right of the front row.
( Thanks to Miss Jane Powley for the first identification - 28.08.2015 )


  At the Annual Licensing Sessions, held Friday 12th February 1932, before 20 magistrates, it was heard that during the past 24 years, there had been a reduction of 52 licenses in the Borough.
Surviving were :- 149 Alehouses, 63 Beerhouses with On licences, 3 Wine On licences, 1 beer and wine On licence, 16 shops selling other goods as well as liquor and 5 other premises with Off beer licences. A total of 237.

The wine licence of the Granville Hotel had not been used for two years and the off licence at 38, Bells Road, Gorleston, had not been used since September 1930. Deemed redundant, those licences should not be renewed.

In early 1853, in the publication `Household Words', a Mr. Charles Dickens said....
`If you bear a grudge against any particular insurance company, purchase a heavy life annuity from them and go and live in Great Yarmouth...... As proof of this observation there are at the present time, residing on the Denes, not far from the Theatre Gates, in six adjoining houses, seven persons whose combined ages amount to 574 years, an average of 82 years.'