Lamb and Flag — Bird in Hand (3) — Cornwall Coffee Rooms — Verandah Wine Vaults

SE cnr York and Bathurst Streets. Google maps.

1833 Thomas Butcher, Lamb & Flag, Launceston
1834 Thomas Butcher, Lamb & Flag, York Street
1835 Hector McDonald, Lamb and Flag, Launceston
1836 John Waddle, Lamb and Flag, Bathurst St
1836 John Jordan, Lamb and Flag, Bathurst St
1837 Lamb and Flag, Bathurst & York Streets
1842 Edward Brown, Bird-in-Hand, Bathurst and York Streets
1843 George Bygrave, Cornwall Coffee Rooms, York & Bathurst Street (unlicensed)
1844 Thomas Dudley, Verandah Wine Vaults, Bathurst and York St*
1847-56 William Smart, Lamb and Flag, York and Bathurst Streets
1856 Christina Smart/Marsden, Lamb and Flag York and Bathurst Streets
1856 Abel Blades, Lamb and Flag, York and Bathurst Streets
1860 Abel Blades, Lamb and Flag, Wellington and York streets.
1862-63 John Nunn, Lamb and Flag, Wellington and York streets.
1869-72 (at least) lodging house

*In December 1845, Dudley is advertising his Verandah Wine Vaults as being the former Hibernia Hotel, also in Bathurst St. However the annual licensing list for September 1845 has him at “Bathurst and York” so I am going to assume he changed locations in late 1845, until shown otherwise

Launceston Advertiser, 19 May 1836

Launceston Advertiser, 18 August 1836

Launceston Advertiser, 1 June 1837

Launceston Advertiser, 1 June 1837

Launceston Advertiser, 1 June 1837

Cornwall Chronicle, 2 September 1837

Launceston Advertiser, 26 April 1838

Cornwall Chronicle, 22 December 1838

Mr. Edward Brown after some little discussion obtained a fresh licence, for a house in York-street, known
as the Lamb and Flag.

Launceston Advertiser, 10 February 1842

The Courier, 25 February 1842

Launceston Examiner, 4 March 1843

Launceston Examiner, 4 September 1844

Thomas Dudley, Verandah Wine Vaults, Bathurst-street. Mr. Douglas for applicant, produced plans and specifications of intended improvements, and the license was granted upon that understanding.
Launceston Examiner, 3 September 1845
(See note under dates.)

Cornwall Chronicle, 13 November 1847

INFORMATION.-An information was laid against Mr. Smart, of the “Lamb and flag,” for wilfully delaying to admit district constable Brown. The penalty provided by the act is serious, being either forfeiture of license, or a fine of not less than five, or more than fifty pounds, at the discretion of the justices. In the information the liability to pecuniary penalty only was set forth ; and Mr. Douglas having taken the objection, it was decided to be fatal, and the information was dismissed.
Launceston Examiner, 12 February 1848

Launceston Examiner, 2 September 1848

Cornwall Chronicle, 27 January 1850

Alleged felony by a policeman.— Mrs. Smart, of the Lamb and Flag Inn, preferred a charge of felony against constable Sullivan, at the police-office, on Thursday last. Mr. Douglas conducted, the prosecution. Several witnesses were examined, but their evidence did not tend to establish the charge, and the case was ultimately dismissed.
Cornwall Chronicle, 2 October 1852

Cornwall Chronicle, 5 March 1856

Cornwall Chronicle, 4 April 1856

Cornwall Chronicle, 19 April 1856

SUDDEN DEATH. — A woman named Bridget Sweet, died suddenly in lower Brisbane-street, at 3 o’clock yesterday morning, deceased and her husband John Sweet had been a long time employed as servants at the “Lamb and Flag,” Bathurst-street ; she had been ailing for a considerable time, during which her husband refused to pay for medical aid for her, and the trustees of tho Corn wall Hospital could not admit her there as a pauper, while her husband was in a position to pay tho necessary fees. No inquest was held on the body.
Cornwall Chronicle, 30 April 1856

Launceston Examiner, 4 November 1856

POLICE OFFICE.-This morning a “scene” was enacted at the police-office. Mrs. Marsden, (formerly Mrs. Smart, of the ” Lamb and Flag” public-house, Bathurst street,) was charged by Sergeant Kennedy with assaulting him. He found her fighting with her husband in Bathurst-street, between 10 and 11 o’clock last night, and with the aid of three other constables took her into custody, but not until she had struck him in the face with her fist, and attempted to bite his hand. Site also tried to bite the hand of one of the other con stables. During the hearing of the case Mrs. Marsden behaved with great violence, pouring forth a perfect torrent of abuse against the bench and the police. She appealed to Mr. Gunn’s long magisterial experience, and that gentleman confessed with a smile that he had had some experience, as much as to say, he had never yet seen the like of the lady before him. She was fined 40s. Edward Marsden, her husband, was fined 20s. for being drunk In Bathurst-street last night.
Launceston Examiner, 20 November 1856

Launceston Examiner, 1 November 1862

Launceston Examiner, 2 December 1862
Launceston Examiner, 2 December 1862

The Annual Licensing Meetings will be held on Monday next. Amongst the application is one from Alfred Stephen Harris for a license to the house at the corner of Bathurst and York-streets, formerly “Lamb and Flag.” Mr Hely intends to alter the designation of “The Ship Inn,” Wharf, to that of “The Duke of Edinburgh,” and Mr Walter Harris intends to alter the title of his new premises at the corner of Charles and Patterson-streets from “The Turf Hotel” to “The Plough Inn.”
Cornwall Chronicle, 30 November 1867

John Nunn, Lamb and Flag, York and Bathurst-streets. Granted
The Police Magistrate said that the house was situated in as bad a neighborhood as there was in town, and therefore it would be necessary for Nunn to be very careful.
Launceston Examiner, 2 December 1862

Breach of Licensing Act.
John Nunn, Landlord of the ‘Lamb and Flag’ Inn, pleaded guilty to permitting card playing on his licensed premises on the 23rd. April. The Bench fined him £4 with 7/6 costs.
Cornwall Chronicle, 2 May 1863

A case tried at the Police Court yesterday should be a warning to mischievous boys who amuse themselves in a most wanton man nor at the expense of any person whose property may be unprotected and at their mercy. Four young Bedouins were fined for breaking sixteen panes of glass in an unoccupied house called the “Lamb and Flag.” Two pleaded guilty and two were convicted on the evidence of a young blade, nine years of age, who confessed to be particens criminis. It appeared from his evidence that Chas. Green exclaimed to the informer, “Oh, there’s a fine cockshy,” whereupon witness throw one stone and Green throw three at the windows of the house named, and between all the boys sixteen panes, worth 1s 6d each, were broken. One of the boys appeared somewhat concerned at the nature of the charge, but the others displayed great indifference, one grinning frequently. The eldest lad of the four dropped a dirty clay pipe on the floor of the Court during the hearing of the case and picked it up with a sardonic gain. Altogether the convicted boys were very promising in appearance, and will doubtless be a great benefit to the state as they grow in years. One of them voluntarily related a story about the approver stealing a quantity of fruit and shying a portion be could not eat through one of the windows. They were all perfectly self-possessed and with one exception not at all abashed.
Launceston Examiner, 22 December 1866

Mr. A. Douglas appeared to present an application from Wm. Bryant for a licence for the Lamb and Flag, which had not been made through tho Clerk of the Peace in con sequence of insufficient notice. 21 Vict. No. 39, see. 15, laid down that application must be made 14 “clear” days, which really amounted to 10 days, prior to the sitting of the justices. But sec. 25 gave the justices a discretionary power to amend. At first there appeared to be. a desire to amend the application; but Mr. Coulter said that he had received no notice from the Clerk of the Peace with reference to the application, and consequently no police enquiries had been made. In answer to one of the justices he further said he thought it very probable there would be objections to the house being licensed. It was in a bad neighborhood, the house was bad, and had not been opened for a long time. Application not entertained.
Launceston Examiner, 5 February 1867

From “Police Court”:
James Sellers (aged 12), Thos Drinkwater(aged 11), and Allred Blades (aged 9), were charged by DC Lanham with stealing from an occupied house known as the “Lamb and Flag,” a quantity of brass taps, lead piping, and fittings, the goods and chattles of Isaacs Sherwin, Esq. They were remanded for a week,
Cornwall Chronicle, 16 February 1867

Stone Throwing.-Henry Blades, William Chandler, Robert Carter, and Henry Reid wore charged with wontonly throwing stones in York and Bathurst streets, on the 3rd instant. A summons had not boon served on Chandler. The other defendants pleaded not guilty. William Ivory deposed that he lived at the old Lamb and Flag, at the corner of Bathurst and York streets; and kept a lodging-house. A woman named Frances Blades was in his house on the 3rd November; knowing her to be an improper character he turned her out. Shortly after several boys assembled close to Iris door, amongst whom were the three defendants present. The boys commenced pelting stones into the door, He went outside, and one of the boys struck him under the right eye with a stone, so that he could not see out of it for ton minutes. The magistrate said he intended to deal strictly with all cases of stone-throwing brought before him. He would order them each to be imprisoned for 14 days.
Launceston Examiner, 11 November 1871

2 thoughts on “Lamb and Flag — Bird in Hand (3) — Cornwall Coffee Rooms — Verandah Wine Vaults”

  1. My understandingis that in May 1845 Edward Broderick was successful obtaining a licence for a new tavern called the Freemason’s Tavern located at the “lower end of Brisbane-street”, at “the foot of the Cataract Hill”, and just around the corner from the “Lamb and Flag”. Unfortunately for Edward Broderick, his new public house was not a success and on 16th March 1846 he was declared insolvent by William Gardner Sams, Commissioner of Insolvent Estates for Launceston. Edward Broderick was discharged from bankruptcy on 29 April 1846. By then the Freemason’s Tavern was unoccupied and advertisements had appeared in the local newspapers seeking a new tenant.

    Edward Broderick subsequently submitted an application to re-open the Freemason’s Tavern on the site of the former Lamb and Flag, on the corner of Bathurst and York streets. However, he failed to show at the annual license meeting on 1 September 1846.


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