Brewster Sessions of 1857

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 1857 sessions held on 20 August and 29 September 1857.


On the bench:

  • George Armitage (chair), J.T. Fisher, T.P. Crosland, John Haigh, Joshua Moorhouse, and J. Harpin

Armitage started by noting the increase in convictions during the year and warned that serious penalties would be inflicted on any licencees convicted of supplying alcohol to police officers who were on duty.

The renewal applications were granted with the exception of the following which were held over to the adjourned session:

  • Benjamin Smith (Three Crowns Inn, Lepton) for refusing to pay a conviction fine
  • John Carter (Bath Hotel, Linthwaite) for harbouring a police officer
  • John Crowther (Big Valley Hotel, South Crosland) for having been fined five times during the previous year
  • Benjamin Whitley (Smiths' Arms, Castlegate) — application from the owners of the premises to have the licence transferred to them

A total of six applications for new licences were submitted, but all were refused by the magistrates.

applicant abode premises granted?
Richard Palmer Red House Junction, Dalton N
Thomas Henry Mitchell Ellen Tree Nook N
Samuel McMillan Shore, Huddersfield N
Jabez Moore Lane Ends, Lindley N
George Beighton Market Place, Marsden formerly the Red Lion Inn N
John Hirst Lane End, Holmfirth Druids' Hall N

The application for a bagatelle licence by Henry Radcliffe of the Smiths' Arms, Bradford Road, was also refused.

At the adjourned session, the following decisions were made:

  • The licence of the Star Inn, Almondbury, was transferred to the owner of the premises until a new tenant could be found. The inn had been closed for several months as the present tenant was jailed at York Castle.
  • The application by Sarah and Emma Turner (owners of the Smiths' Arms, Castlegate) to have the licence transferred to them from the current tenant, Benjamin Whitley, was refused as he was currently under a "notice to quit"and the Turners should apply again following the expiry of the notice.


  • "Brewster Sessions" in Huddersfield Chronicle (22/Aug/1857)
  • "Adjourned Brewster Sessions" in Huddersfield Chronicle (03/Oct/1857)