|NORFOLK PUBLIC HOUSES|
In January 1827 it was officially recorded, by order of the House of Commons, that Lynn had produced the following number of Barrels of Beer in 1826
The number of Brewers given in 1826 as:-
At the Licensing Sessions held September 1849 it was heard that no less than 147 public houses had been re-licensed for the sale of spirits, &c. Three new applications had been refused on the grounds that there was a maximum population of 18,000 in the borough and it equated to approximately one public house to every thirty five males over the age of 21. "This must surely be enough to satisfy public demand."
In 1892 the Temperance Movement, in the form of the Kings Lynn Vigilance Committee reported that there was one licensed house for every 100 inhabitants of Kings Lynn, be they man, woman or child.
Furthermore, they claimed that one house in every 22 was licensed.
However by using their own figures this can be disputed.
It was reported that there were 4161 inhabited houses in Kings Lynn at the time and 180 were licensed houses.
This only equates to one house in 23 being licensed - so things were not quite as good as was stated!
In 1903 the magistrates reported that there was a licensed house for every 113 persons as recorded in the 1901 census ( 20,288 souls )
This included the facility of 12 `Off Licenses'.