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 1854 sessions.
On the bench:
Of the successful renewals, Mr. Beavers (Horse Shoe Inn on Kirkgate), Mr. Hawkyard (Spread Eagle Hotel on Granby Street), Mr. Peace (Albion Hotel, Buxton Road), Luke Swift (Clothiers Arms Inn, Kirkgate) and Michael Wilson (Royal Oak, Beast Market) were cautioned by the bench.
Thomas Shann (Shann's Dram Shop, Buxton Road) has his licence suspended until the adorned session due to Superintendent Heaton complaining that "the house was not well conducted" — only a week before he had seen "three disreputable females coming out of the place in a beastly state of intoxication, so that a neighbour had to call for a cab, into which one was lifted without power to help herself." In his defence, Shann stated that the women had only "had quarter or a gill of whiskey".
Of the 16 new applications, only 2 were granted:
|Samuel Peaker||Broad Ing, Austonley||N|
|Joseph Eastwood||Skelmanthorpe, Cumberworth-Half||N|
|David Lockwood||Dalton Lane End, Dalton||N|
|Jeremiah Cock||Crimble, Golcar||N|
|Thomas Henry Mitchell||Harden Moss, Holme||N|
|Thomas Smith||Bradford Road End, Huddersfield||Y|
|Joseph Oxley||West Parade, Huddersfield||N|
|Samuel McMillan||Shore, Huddersfield||N|
|John Newton||Bottom of Market Place, Huddersfield||N|
|Richard Barker||Market Place, Huddersfield||N|
|Elizabeth Sharp||Northumberland Street, Huddersfield||N|
|Jabez Moore||Owen Lane End, above Marsh, Lindley||N|
|Joseph Crow||Bottom of Crosland Moor, Lockwood||Y|
|John Waterhouse||Mill Moor, Meltham||Cat Inn||N|
|Jonathan Sandford||Burnlee, Upperthong||N|
|Abraham Hayley||Holmfirth||Druid's Hall||N|
At the adjourned session, Thomas Shann of Buxton Road stated that he had "never been convicted for improper management during the 15 years he had occupied the vaults in question, and endeavoured, by all possible means, to act as a good landlord, always refusing to supply drink to such as appeared intoxicated."
It was then argued that Inspector Heaton had made a mistake — Shann stated that the women had not been drunk when they left his dram shop but had gone next door into the Buxton Road Tap. Heaton had been called later on when "there had been a little altercation" and had assumed the women had stumbled out of Shann's premises.
After deliberating, the bench removed the suspension of Shann's licence.
During the following 12 months, the following transfers of licences were reported:
|03/Mar/1854||Queen Hotel, Huddersfield||Joseph Gaunt||William Veevers (Beevers?) of Huddersfield|
|03/Mar/1854||Crown Tavern, Huddersfield (Crown Hotel?)||William Booth Shuttleworth||John Haigh of Huddersfield|
|03/Mar/1854||New Inn, Huddersfield||Samuel Mann||Joseph Woodhead of Brighouse|
|03/Mar/1854||Waggon and Horses Inn, Longwood||Edwin Gledhill||Samuel Dyson of Stainland|
|05/May/1854||Commercial Inn, Moldgreen||Harry Heald||Will Storey of Huddersfield|
|05/May/1854||Travellers Inn, Honley||Charles J. Lancaster||Joseph Cudworth of Honley|
|05/May/1854||Clothiers Arms, Huddersfield||George Partridge||Harriet Wraithmell of Huddersfield|
|05/May/1854||Waggon and Horses, Meltham||Reuben Redfearn||Timothy Balmforth of Marsden|
|05/May/1854||Sportsman's Inn, Huddersfield||William Goldthorp||John Dewhirst of Huddersfield|
|05/May/1854||Woolpack, Huddersfield||Thomas Hartley (deceased)||James Hartley|
|05/May/1854||Olive Branch, Marsden||David Cooper (deceased)||Jane Cooper (his widow)|
|05/May/1854||King's Arms, Whitley Upper||Robert Watson||John Riley of Harrogate|
|05/May/1854||Lamb Inn, Hillhouse||Joe Cliffe||Ezra Hoyle of Bradford|
|05/May/1854||Crown Hotel, Holmfirth||James Walker McDonald||James Haigh of Huddersfield|
|05/May/1854||Beaumonts' Arms, Kirkburton||Thomas Hudson||Charles Kaye of Kirkburton|
|05/May/1854||Warren House Inn, Linthwaite||James Boocock||Mary Boocock (his sister)|