Illustration by Christine Fuller
Before the Magistrates
A night of disorderly conduct at the Chequers Inn on the 29th May, 1866 resulted in the appearance before the Magistrates at East Harling of the Landlord and some of his customers.
John Brown, the Landlord, was fined £2 and costs of 14s for permitting disorderly conduct at the Chequers.
James Wilkins, George Chaplin, James Carter and John Carter were all fined for being drunk and refusing to leave the Chequers Inn when Police Constable Benjamin Bunn had asked them to do so.
Robert Houchen (the Younger) was fined 5s with costs of 14s, for being drunk at the Chequers – again, on the 29th May, 1866.
Licensee, John Brown
The 1861 census captures 35 year old John Brown at the Chequers Inn with his wife Charlotte and children Clara aged 3 and Thomas 1. John Brown described as an innkeeper was born in Besthorpe and his wife in nearby Rockland.
According to Norfolk Pubs website, John Brown was licensee of the Chequers from 1861 to 1866.
Norfolk Pubs Website http://www.norfolkpubs.co.uk/norfolkg/gtellingham/gtelch.htm Accessed 21/10/2019
Norfolk Chronicle & Norwich Gazette June 16th, 1866
1861 census RG9/1237/81