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 1848 sessions.
The session took place at the Guildhall in front of B.N.R. Battye (chair), W.W. Battye, Thomas Hardy, John Charlesworth, and Joseph Armitage.
The chairman began by outlining the new Parliamentary legislation designed to limit the hours of opening on Sundays by ensuring public houses close by midnight Saturday and not open before 12:30pm on Sunday. Beerhouses were still required to close by 11pm on Saturdays. Breaches of the new legislation would result in heavy fines of up to £5 per sale.
Two licences were suspended for "permitting disorderly company to congregate and drink at late hours":
The following were cautioned:
Of the 18 applications for new licences, 2 were granted:
Bagatelle (i.e. billiards) licences were granted to William Moran, William Hepworth, and George Netherwood.
At the adjourned session, Hannah Waite appealed her suspension. Superintendent Heaton had "found two disreputable females in the tap-room, late at night". It was stated she had "kept the house 22 years, and this was the first complaint ever brought against her" and that she had been in bed ill at the time. Heaton confirmed that "he believed the house was generally well conducted", so the licence was renewed.