Brewster Sessions of 1851
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:
- Joseph Armitage (chair), B.N.R. Batty, W.W. Battye, Joseph Brook, Joseph Charlesworth, Joshua Moorhouse, J. Starkey, and J.T. Fisher
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:
|likely the Albion Inn
|new property yet to be built
|Waterloo Bridge, Dalton
|Lane, Learoyd Bridge
|Quay Street, Huddersfield
|West Parade, Huddersfield
|Manchester Road, Huddersfield
|Engine Bridge, Huddersfield
|Abbey Lane, Shepley
|Lane Side, Netherton
|likely Clothiers Arms
|Victoria, Hinchcliffe Mill, Holmfirth
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 (likely the Clothiers Arms Inn) 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 (Kirkburton) 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.
Transfers of Licences
During the following 12 months, the following transfers of licences were reported:
|New Inn, Almondbury
|Mary Ann Wooffenden
|Benjamin Stockdale of Huddersfield
|Acorn Inn, Greenside
|Oddfellows Arms, South Crosland
|James Walker of Netherton
|Crown Tavern, Hudersfield
|William Booth Shuttleworth
|Royal George, Huddersfield
|Rose and Crown, Kirkburton
|George Blackshaw of Kirkburton
|Sovereign Inn, Shepley
|Beaumont's Arms, Kirkheaton
|George Sykes Dyson
|Rising Sun, Lockwood
|Thomas Martinson of Lockwood
|Bath Hotel, Lockwood
|Ellen Barker of Wakefield
|Coach and Horses, Marsden
|Joseph Bray (deceased)
|John Waterhouse of Marsden
|Grey Horse, Chapel Hill
|John Nutton of Dalton
|Ram Inn, Marsden
|Cyrus Fell of Marsden
|Golden Fleece, Meltham
|Charles Thomas Mann
- "Brewster Sessions" in Huddersfield Chronicle (23/Aug/1851)
- "Adjourned Brewster Sessions" in Huddersfield and Holmfirth Examiner (04/Oct/1851)
- "Adjourned Brewster Sessions" in Huddersfield Chronicle (04/Oct/1851).