Brewster Sessions of 1849

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 1849 sessions.


The session took place at the Guildhall and was chaired by Joseph Armitage.

Out of 23 applications for new licences, 3 were granted:

  • Benjamin Milnes (Manchester Road, Huddersfield)
  • Robert Chadwick (near the chair bar, Burton Dean)
  • Isaac Marsden (Tong Bottom, Marsden)

The licence of Joseph Whiteley (Victoria Inn, Holmfirth) was suspended for permitting gambling.

A petition prepared by the Huddersfield Temperance Society and signed by 370 "clergy, dissenting ministers, and [other] highly respectable householders of the town and district" was handed to the magistrates.


  • "The Annual Brewster Sessions" in Leeds Intelligencer (25/Aug/1849)
  • "Brewster Sessions" in Leeds Mercury (25/Aug/1849)
  • "The Huddersfield Temperance Society and the Publicans" in Leeds Mercury (01/Sep/1849)

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