last updated 03/11/2012
A report in the Bury & Norwich Post** on Jan-18 in 1898 when W J Hawkes was the landlord states that :
"Harry Barker was found not guilty of maliciously wounding Samuel Lancaster whom he had stabbed in the temple with a knife, Barker had pleaded self defence. W J Hawkes, landlord of the Woolpack, described Lancaster when he was worse for drink as a " quarrelsome, ill conditioned man who would quarrel with his own shadow". Another witness described how Lancaster was standing on Barkers leg showing "how they did it in France" and giving him a "French kick", then later holding by the throat on the floor."
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(1830 Pigots Directory supplied by Sandra Easom)