Brewster Sessions of 1846

The Brewster Sessions were the "annual meetings of licensing justices to deal with the grant, renewal, and transfer of licences to sell intoxicating liquor".

The following report is based on newspaper coverage of the 1846 sessions.


The session took place at the Guildhall in front of Joseph Armitage (chair), B.N.R. Battye, John Sutcliffe, Thomas Starkey, Joseph Charlesworth, and Joseph Brook.

Richard Challand (Hope and Anchor Inn, Kirkgate) and Mrs. Booth (Shears Inn, Lowerhead Row) were reprimanded for "keeping their houses open at untimely hours".

Out of applications for 20 new licences, 3 were granted:

Mr. Eastwood (Golden Fleece, Meltham) initially had his licence suspended but was renewed after "promising better behaviour for the future".[3]


  • "Huddersfield" in Leeds Times (22/Aug/1846)
  • "Huddersfield: Brewster Sessions" in Leeds Intelligencer (22/Aug/1846)

Notes and References

  1. Named reported as "William Sheppard" in the Leeds Intelligencer.
  2. Named reported as "Nanny Haigh" in the Leeds Intelligencer.
  3. Reportedly he had threatened to throw a Mr. Mallinson of Huddersfield through a window after he had refused to share a room with a couple of pedlars.