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 1851 sessions.
On the bench:
There were 28 applications for new licences and 5 of those were granted at the initial session, with 4 deferred to the ajourned session. John North (Victoria Street, Huddersfield) and John Rhodes (Westgate, Lindley) failed to appear at the session. The remaining 26 applicants were:
|George Lodge||Newsome||likely the Albion Inn||N|
|Elizabeth Ainley||Castle Hill||new property yet to be built||deferred|
|Joseph Hirst||Berry Brow||N|
|William Hanson||Waterloo Bridge, Dalton||Y|
|Jeremiah Cock||Crimble, Golcar||deferred|
|David Shaw||Headwall Green||deferred|
|Richard Batley||Lane, Learoyd Bridge||N|
|Isaac Partridge||Northgate, Huddersfield||N|
|George Wood||Quay Street, Huddersfield||deferred|
|James Hartley||West Parade, Huddersfield||N|
|Henry Hopkinson||Manchester Road, Huddersfield||N|
|William Dodson||Engine Bridge, Huddersfield||N|
|William Bocock||Rashcliffe, Lockwood||N|
|David Hirst||Far Moor||N|
|Joseph Crow||Crosland Moor||N|
|John Haigh||Abbey Lane, Shepley||Y|
|Thomas Moore||Lane Side, Netherton||N|
|Robert Jenkinson||Stocksmoor||Stocksmoor Railway Station||Y|
|George Battye||Victoria, Hinchcliffe Mill, Holmfirth||N|
The Constable of Kirkburton lodged a complaint against David Lockwood (Rose and Crown, Kirkburton) and his renewal was refused.
At the adjourned sessions, C.S. Floyd presented plans on behalf of Elizabeth Ainley "for a license for a new house to be erected on Castle Hill" to replace the existing one. The application was granted on the proviso that "the new building be completed by the next annual licensing day." Joseph Brook was reported as remarking that "the public were crying out for accommodation and for proper places of refreshment" and that he had no objection as long as "a new and safe road was made" to the proposed new building.
The licence previously granted to Mr. Scarlett of Outlane was transferred to the new occupier Mr. G. Gledhill.
Robert Jenkinson's application for a house at Stocksmoor Station was granted following a favourable inspection by clerk T.S. Bradley, as was the application by George Wood for a house off Castlegate.
The applications of David Shaw and Jeremiah Cock (both Golcar) were refused, as it was felt "there as no need of another house" in that area.
An application to renew the suspended licence of the Rose and Crown, Kirkbuton, was renewed "on condition that a respectable tenant be placed in occupation".
The suspended licence of William Ratcliffe (Shepherd's Arms, Cowcliffe) was also renewed when it was claimed that Ratcliffe's servant girl had failed to pass on the summons.
The application of beerhouse keeper Francis Ford (Lockwood) for a billiard table was refused.
During the following 12 months, the following transfers of licences were reported:
|12/Dec/1851||New Inn, Almondbury||Mary Ann Wooffenden||Benjamin Stockdale of Huddersfield|
|12/Dec/1851||Acorn Inn, Greenside||Betty Brunton||Wiliam Brunton|
|12/Dec/1851||Oddfellows Arms, South Crosland||Henry Wilson||James Walker of Netherton|
|12/Dec/1851||Crown Tavern, Hudersfield||Charles Bradley||William Booth Shuttleworth|
|12/Dec/1851||Royal George, Huddersfield||William Gill||Berry Hobson|
|12/Dec/1851||Rose and Crown, Kirkburton||William Dyson||George Blackshaw of Kirkburton|
|01/Jan/1852||Imperial||J.T. Wigney||S. Bradley|
|01/Jan/1852||Pack Horse||S. Bradley||George Netherwood|
|01/Jan/1852||Sovereign Inn, Shepley||P. Senior||Wilson Hutchinson|
|01/Jan/1852||Beaumont's Arms, Kirkheaton||George Sykes Dyson||Joseph Thornton|
|05/May/1852||Rising Sun, Lockwood||Thomas Bray||Thomas Martinson of Lockwood|
|05/May/1852||Bath Hotel, Lockwood||William Radcliffe||Ellen Barker of Wakefield|
|05/May/1852||Coach and Horses, Marsden||Joseph Bray (deceased)||John Waterhouse of Marsden|
|05/May/1852||Grey Horse, Chapel Hill||George Scholes||Isaac Partridge|
|05/May/1852||Freemason's Arms||John Inman||John Nutton of Dalton|
|05/May/1852||Ram Inn, Marsden||James Lumb||Cyrus Fell of Marsden|
|05/May/1852||Golden Fleece, Meltham||Ellen Scott||Charles Thomas Mann|