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BLACK BOYS HOTEL BREWERY INN BUCK
BULL INN BUTCHERS ARMS COFFEE TAVERN
CROSS KEYS DOG HOTEL FEATHERS
FOX GOAT GREENS
GRIFFIN HALF MOON KINGS HEAD
MANOR NEW FORGE NEW INN
PRINCE OF WALES RED LION HOTEL RIBBONS
RIBS OF BEEF ROYAL OAK SHIP INN
STAR STONE MASONS ARMS SWAN
UNICORN WATERMANS ARMS WHITE HART
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On Wednesday 16th January 1850, the church bells were rung throughout the day and at night, because for the first time, the streets were illuminated by gas lights. A brilliant gas-light star shone resplendently in front of the Black Boys and illuminated the Market Place. Country people came in crowds to see Mr. Coe's display of fireworks and numbers of people paraded the streets, as if pleased with the "new light" shining around them. Festivities and dancing were the order of the night in every inn and public house.


The "Aylsham Derby" took place on Tuesday 1st June 1869.
The course being from the Dog Inn to the Cemetery and round the town in several directions.
There were running matches for boys and donkey races.
The principle attraction was the bicycle race by some Marsham men, who rode machines of their own make.
Prizes of cups, bridles, spurs and money were given to the several winners.
There were a great many spectators who seemed greatly pleased with the sports.
The cost was raised by subscription.
The amusements on the Butt Lands in the afternoon, were largely patronised, the steam horses, roundabouts and stalls being a source of never-failing attraction.
The Dog, Star and Unicorn greens were open to the public and on the former, the Rifle Band discoursed some very capital music.

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  Memories collected by Chris Holderness of Rig-a-Jig-Jig for the East Anglian Traditional Musical Trust.
The CH numbers refer to Chris's Archive on eatmt.org.
 
 


John Wright, 2006 (CH B1-3-24a)

JW: 'You see, that'd be the [Aylsham] King's Head or the Black Boys, or The [Red]Lion, or Tuttington Ship, or Gresham Chequers, or, I mean you'd got that many pubs to pick from, you could go to a different pub every night, nearly every day of the year. You know you didn't have to go that many miles. I mean there was ten or eleven in Aylsham, weren't there? I mean, what is there now? Two? The Unicorn and the Black Boys. There was the Dog, the Lion, the Ship, the Anchor, New Inn.
RJJ: Which one was the music pub?
JW: Well, to be fair, they all had music then. Y'know, I mean I been in the old [Aylsham] Dog plenty of time on a Monday, when father was up there for the Sale; get in there and that'd be full. There'd be some old boy up the corner having a squeeze, or an old dulcimer, or something like that. They'd always have a little bit of music, sort of keep the momentum, if you like.'