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The Bird in Hand
73 – 75 Newmarket Road, The Bird in Hand
History of 73-75 Newmarket Road
In 1921 A E Gray described the Bird in Hand as ‘one of the few old houses that has survived the ravages of time and fire. he quotes an eighteenth century writer:
This village [Barnwell] hath often been reduced by fire but the last, which happened on September 30th 1731 consumed a great part thereof. The fire was so very fierce that the engine which was carried thither to extinguish it was destroyed therewith; for getting it into a fam yard, surrounded with houses and barns, the fire spread so fast that the people could scarcely get out without being burnt.
1901: The Bird in Hand
George Turner, 51, builders carter and publican, b Suffolk
Mary, 45, b Coton
Havelock, 14, b Coton
Janett, 10, b Coton
1913: The Bird in Hand
1922: 4th March
Det-Constable Abbott presented is report (to the Borough Licencing panel.) He said the trade in beer of the Bird in Hand, newmarket Road, was better than that of the Hare and Hounds which was 107 yards away. The next nearest house was the Crown in Wellington-street. Charles Byatt, the tenant, said he had held the licence for about 20 years. he was quite satisfied with the living he was making. Arthur E.W.Payne, secretary for Messrs Bailey and Tebbutt said the house had been doing four barrels a day.
Bird in Hand PH