Letter from Dick Melton
The Albert Victor public house was situated in Manor Road, Dersingham; it opened in 1868. The Landlords we know of were:
Charles Harper 1868-1872
Charles Dye from 1875
William Melton 1877
Edward Melton 1879-1883 (taken over from his brother William)
Thomas Wright 1888-1891 and Landlady Mrs Caroline Wright From 1892
Frederick William Hartley 1896-1912. He was also a wheelwright and carried on his trade in the large barn at the side of the public house, the barn is still there.
Percy Shepherd 1916-1922
Thomas Turner Drew 1925-1933
Albert Edward Southgate and his wife helped by their daughter Dorothy 1937-1961
Their son, Fred Southgate, worked for Queen Mary for 27 years first as a footman and then in 1940 was made her personal chauffeur. Mary Hawkes (nee Southgate), a daughter, sent us this information and she has a copy of his reference given to him by Lord Claud Hamilton after Queen Mary died.
Peter Rogers 1961-1967 died in 1967 aged 47
Margaret Ellen Rogers 1967-1970
Arthur Robert Oswald Daw 1970-1981
The Albert Victor was closed on 26 October1981and turned into a private house, the barn was used as a school for dancing.
[Perhaps someone can fill in the gaps in the landlord dates for us – Ed].
Over the years the Albert Victor had a good bowling green with some good players amongst them including my father Jim, my Uncle
Sid Hunter, my grandfather William Melton and my great uncle Tom Drew. Tom was a builder and became landlord of the pub in 1925.
The pub trade was in our family; others kept The Fox and Hounds at Marham, The Union Jack at Royden and I was head barman at The Kit-Kat Public House in Hunstanton for twenty years working there for a total of thirty years.
All the best,
Dick Melton from ‘Sunny Hunny’.