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UPPER GOAT LANE St. GREGORY BEERHOUSE CLOSED
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STEWARD & PATTESON as recorded 1867
Licensees :
HENRY HYDE
Age 36 in 1871
by 1865 -  * 1875
Thursday 3rd February 1870 - Fined for assault. See opposite.
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Henry Hyde, not located 1877 or 1879. In 1891 he is age 55, a Groom living at 64 Cherry Street, Lakenham.

Previously trading as the OLD GOAT where Henry Hyde is named in 1861, 1862 and 1863.

On the night of Wednesday 29th August 1866 Thomas Birch, age 28, committed suicide in one of the bedrooms here. He had been in the habit for several months of drinking at the Alabama and on the Tuesday had drunk excessively. He had remained in bed for the greater part of Wednesday sleeping off his excesses. He visited the tap-room at 11:30 in the evening and then retired back to bed. Fifteen minutes later a young woman knocked on his door and through a gap, saw him tied to the bed-post. The landlord broke down the door but life was extinct.
Verdict of `hanged himself while in a state of unsound mind.'

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For Sale by Auction Monday 12th August 1867.
Held by Messrs. Steward & Patteson & Co., containing Bar, Porter Room, Front Sitting-room, Back-room, Club-room, two Bed-rooms and a large Cellar.
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For Sale by Auction Monday 22nd March 1869.
Held by Steward & Co. at a Barrel Rent of 5s per Barrel.
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At the Sessions held Tuesday 3rd February 1870, Henry and John Skipper, labourers of Costessey, were charged with assaulting Henry Hyde on the 1st February, in an argument about the condition of the beer served. Although the story was supported by Mrs. Hyde, the cross-examination proved to the Bench that the defendants were the injured parties, having been terribly knocked about by the complainant.
In two cross-summonses it was proved that Mr. Hyde had been at fault and he was fined 5s with costs of 17s 6d for one assault and 10s and 17s 6d costs for the other. The defence for the two labourers asked that his costs be paid and the magistrates assented to half a guinea for each defendant.

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At the licensing Sessions held Tuesday 23rd August 1870 it was heard that there was an objection to the renewal of the licence of Henry Hyde at the ALABAMA beer-house, Upper Goat Lane.
In February 1870, Mr. Hyde had been summoned for assaulting Henry and James Skipper of Costessey. He had been fined 5s and 10s respectively.
It was argued that to deprive Hyde of his licence would be to punish him twice for the same offence. It was said that it had been his only offence in eleven years. The licence was granted with the Mayor assuring the applicant that if there be any further complaint, he would surely be deprived of it.