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Black Bull
5 & 7 MAGDALEN STREET St. CLEMENT FULL LICENCE CLOSED by 1932
NORWICH LICENCE REGISTERS PS 1/8/1 - PS 1/8/3 (1867 to 1953)
STEWARD & Co.  
Licensees :
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JOHN BROWNWRICK 1708 - 1711
Mrs WINGFIELD
Died by August 1737
to 1737
GRANTHAM KILLINGWORTH *08.1737
JOHN ASHBY
Previously at the FOUR SWANS
1739
? 1743
NICHOLAS HUBBARD 1760 - 1763
Mr WHEALES (Whales ?)
(Died Friday 5th September 1783 following short illness)
to 05.09.1783
THOMAS WEALES 1783
JOHN CLARKE 1788 - 1807
WILLIAM BELL
See below
12.10.1807 - 1809
WILLIAM DUCKETT 1810 - 1811
JAMES DUCKETT 1815 - 1839
HENRY OAKES
age 66 in 1851
1842 - 1851
JAMES SHORTEN by 10.1853
JAMES FISHER MARTIN
(Wife Georgina died May 15 1877)
11.10.1870
Convicted 12.05.1874 of allowing consumption out of hours.
Fine 2/6d plus 18/6d costs
SAMUEL HENRY RUSSELL 15.01.1878
Convicted 07.11.1914 of selling out of hours.
Fine 10/- plus 8/- costs or 7 days detention.
Convicted 20.02.1919 of allowing consumption out of hours.
Fine £3 or 21 days detention.
GEORGE ARTHUR FLOWERDEW 17.06.1919
ARTHUR ALBERT MOORE 10.02.1925



In January 1809, William Bell informed the public that the pavement in Magdalen Street had been completed as far as his Inn and the passage from St. Augustine's and Magdalen Gates was open. He thus urged his customers, who had been absent from his house during the improvements, to return.

Building dated from early 17thC.

Half a crown reward offered by Mr. Brownrig 24th January 1708 for the return of stolen or strayed, two Black pigs, one all black and about four months old.

Advertised To Let 4th November 1710 with possession before Christmas. Enquire of Mr. Brounwricke, living at No. 8, Magdalen Street.

All Gentlemen and Others were informed 6th February 1711 that John Brownwrick, who had kept the Bill Inn for several years, had removed to the KINGS HEAD, Marketplace.

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Advertised To Let 8th August 1737 following the death of occupier Mrs. Wingfield. Possession at Michaelmas - Enquire of Mr. Graham Killingworth at the Inn.

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Offered To Let January 1742. With immediate possession, enquire of Robert Harvey. If the person desirous of taking the Inn cannot enter immediately, the preferred tenant could continue for some time.

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Described 5th March 1743 as the BULL, an ancient and commodious inn well situated for business with good rooms and stables fit for any accommodation at a reasonable rent. With Stables in St. Edmund's at the back of the Inn.

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The woolgrowers of Norfolk were advised in June 1781 that Messrs John Jowit & Son had removed their business to the premises of Seaman & Webb, Wool & Yarn Factors, near St Michael's Bridge. They further informed that Michael Shaw was no longer in their employ and they were not responsible for any business that he may transact. (The advice was issued from Leeds and dated 22nd May 1781)

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One of 40 houses (BULL) named as being engaged for the Reception of Freeholders for Sir John Woodhouse and Sir Edward Astley's Friends on the Day of Election, Wednesday 14th April 1784.

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For sale 28th June 1788 - All that ancient Inn, with two tenements and shops adjoining next in street, in occupation of John Clark.

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One of 36 Norwich houses opened for the reception of Voters in the interest of Mr. Windham and Mr. Coke on election day, Thursday 13th November 1806.

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3rd October 1807 - John Clarke, about to retire from business, thanked his numerous Friends for their past support and confirmed that his successor was to be William Bell, (Butler to John Gurney of Earlham), who would enter the premises on Monday 12th October 1807.
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A tea caddy and about 15 shillings were stolen from the house as reported 7th January 1815. Thieves had removed glass from a window but had been prevented from stealing more articles because of bars on the window.
James Duckett was the licensee.

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Aylsham licensee Thomas Travers entered the house of Mr. Shorten at about seven o'clock on Monday 12th December 1859. He was in the company of Mr. Mace, pugilist and licensee.
(No house yet identified in Aylsham with Travers as publican. Mr. Mace is given as licensee of the White Swan, St. Andrews until 1859).
Travers was said to be very inebriated and was refused service. In the following altercation Mrs. Shorten was alarmed and Mr. Shorten was kicked in the leg by Travers as he was ejected. Two policemen tried in vain to quieten Travers, but had no option but to drag him to the station. Shorten claimed that Mace had taken Travers to the Bull Inn in order to cause annoyance. The police superintendant confirmed that there was not a better conducted house in the city.
For being drunk and disorderly and for the assault on Mr. Shorten, Travers was to pay a total of £7 10s 6d. The alternative was 14 days imprisonment for the first offence and two months, with hard labour for the second. The fine was paid.
The magistrates informed Mr. Mace that if such an event occurred again then he would be taught that bullying prize-fighters were not to ride rough-shod over the peaceable citizens of Norwich.

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James Shorten thanked his numerous Patrons, 20th October 1860, for their support received from them over the previous seven years.
He reminded them that he had Flys, Phaetons, Gigs, &c with good Horses and carful Drivers, constantly available for Hire.

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On 2nd June 1871 it was advertised that John Day would attend the Bull Inn every Saturday in the Wool Season, from 11:00am to 1:00pm in order to oblige those Gentlemen Wool Growers who for years have been accustomed to trading there. (He was also available every day at his house near St Giles's Church for the same Purpose)

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Address as 11 Magdalen Street in 1783 & 1802.

Listed as the BULL by 1845.

Steward & Patteson documents state that the licence was surrendered 10th February 1931 and transferred to the new BRICKMAKERS.
However the Licence Registers record a surrender date of 05.01.1932 when provisional removal of the ELEPHANT (to the LARKMAN) was declared final.