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69 NORFOLK STREET PARADISE WARD FULL LICENCE CLOSED c1912
KINGS LYNN PETTY SESSION REGISTER PS 4/3/1 - PS 4/3/3 ( August 1872 to February 1956 )
HOGG & SEPPINGS   Leased for 14 years from 11.10.1861, late in the occupation of J. Porter then R. Vincent.
T. J. SEPPINGS    
JAMES SEPPINGS   
T. J. SEPPINGS    
COLCHESTER BREWERY    
COOPER BROWN    
COLCHESTER BREWERY by 1906 - Leased to Cooper Brown & Co.
Licensees :
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WILLIAM PORTER
(William Porter & Sons 1839)
1822 - 1839
JOHN PORTER
See below
1845 - 1856
WALTER TILNEY 1858
ROBERT VINCENT 1861 - 1864
ANDREW BURLEY
(Died January 1903)
by 1865
CHARLES HEWSON 17.11.1884
HENRY BETTS 12.08.1889
ALFRED ROBERT THROWER 11.11.1889
ROBERT JOHN AVIS 24.07.1893
STEPHEN ARTHUR THROWER 01.01.1894
CHARLES COBB 14.10.1895
FREDERICK REED 04.01.1897
JOHN PHILLIPS ( ? )
(John Phillippo 1904 & 1906)
1901
ERNEST JOHNSON BEANEY 22.07.1907
BENJAMIN PITT
Age 64 in 1911
27.07.1908


John Porter was described as "late of the Hanging Chains" in April 1857 when he charged his son, Edward, of breaking the banisters in his house as he resisted attempts to be turned out. (Edward was committed to 21 days detention for default in paying 5s for damages and expenses.)

Address 1858 as 68 Norfolk Street.

Also known as the HANGING CHAINS from weighing machine apparatus which included an arm projecting over Norfolk Street.
This arm was used to lift wagons onto an adjacent steelyard.
( One use was the weighing of loads of bark on the way to Tanneries at Gaywood). Gantry dismantled 1913 and the mechanism was subsequently removed to the Greenland Fishery Museum

In 1883 an advertisement read :-
`ANDREW BURLEY - CARMAN
Goods carefully removed to any part with the greatest care & despatch.'

The Lynn Advertiser of 23rd January 1903 carried an
obituary for Andrew Burley...
`For 30 years the landlord of the Blue Lion, died at his
residence in Norfolk Street aged 76

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The Lynn Advertiser of 30th July 1909 reported that John and Fred Pitt, sons of the landlord had a narrow escape from being killed on the night of Tuesday 27th July. They had gone to bed as usual on Monday night, sharing the same bed. At 2 o'clock on Tuesday morning they were suddenly awakened by a cracking in the roof, and before they could move, the whole roof fell upon them. They managed to crawl from the debris with only a few small injuries. The iron bedstead was doubled up underneath them and one of the legs had pierced the floor. All of the furniture, bedding and pictures etc., were damaged, and it was a long time before they could find their wearing apparel.
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At the Licensing Sessions Monday 12th February 1912 Mr. A. O. Stopes, managing director of the Colchester Brewery Co. Ltd. asked the Bench not to close the King George in New Conduit Street, but to accept either closure of the Shakespeare or the Blue Lion. He pointed out that since the Compensation Act had been in operation his firm had already lost 6 out of the 19 houses they had in Kings Lynn.
The Bench accepted the Blue Lion.

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At the Sessions held 11th March 1912 the representative of Cooper brown made no objection to the licence being referred to the Compensation Authority. Police Sergeant Hunt stated that he had visited the premises on six occasions since 28th February 1912 and had not found any customers in the house. Chief Constable Payne objected to licence renewal on the grounds of redundancy, with the Duke of Edinburgh 120 feet away, the Sandringham Restaurant 351 feet, the Lynn Arms 350 feet and the Duke William 422 feet, the Blue Lion was the least wanted for the neighbourhood requirements.
Licence referred to Compensation Authority.

Referred for Compensation 11.03.1912

Closure by compensation unopposed at Licensing Authority meeting Friday 21st June 1912.

Licensee name confirmed as Benjamin Pitt and Registered Owner as Colchester Brewery Co. when licence refusal by reason of closure by Compensation, published 23rd August 1912.

Licence extinct 24.03.1913