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 sessions held on 24 August and 28 September 1865.
On the bench:
William Booth (Junction Inn, Cartworth) had been fined twice during the year and his licence was suspended until the adjourned session.
A total of 24 applications for new licences were submitted, although George Haigh failed to attend the session and was withdrawn:
|George Lodge||Newsome||Albion Inn||N|
|William Chapman||Bridge End, Dalton||Oddfellows' Arms||N|
|James Charlesworth||Foolstone||Craven's Arms||Y|
|Frederick Heap||Honley||Star of the Day||N|
|Hugh Holmes||Deanhouse, Honley||Cricketer's Arms||N|
|Dan Goddard||Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield||Fitzwilliam Hotel||Y|
|Benjamin Spencer||Folly Hall||Triangle||N|
|Joseph Haigh Bradley||Folly Hall||Royal Oak||Y|
|Martha Berry||Byram Street, Huddersfield||Crescent Inn||Y|
|Benjamin Finney||Spring Street, Hudderfield||Spring Street Hotel||N|
|Matthew Gawthorpe||Westgate, Huddersfield||Plumbers Arms||Y|
|Jonas Horsfall||Victoria Street, Huddersfield||Staff of Life||Y|
|Giles Eastwood||Colne Road, Huddersfield||Bridge Inn||N|
|Sybil Holt||Cross Grove Street, Huddersfield||Three Nuns||N|
|Robert Chadwick||Kirkburton||Fir Tree Inn||N|
|John Beevers||Smith Riding, Linthwaite||Ivy House||Y|
|George Lockwood||Lane Top, Linthwaite||Alma Inn||N|
|Alfred Hirst||Woodroyd House, Linthwaite||Royal Oak||N|
|Sarah Hirst||Crosland Moor, Lockwood||Foresters Arms||N|
|John North||Crosland Moor, Lockwood||Britannia||N|
|George Haigh||Rashcliffe, Lockwood||White Swan||n/a|
|John Rodgers||Lowergate, Longwood||Brooks Arms||N|
|Joshua Kenworthy||Buckstones, Marsden||Buckstones Inn||N|
|William Holroyd||Marsden||Railway Hotel||Y|
The application of Robert Chadwick (Fir Tree Inn, Kirkburton) was deferred until "certain alterations" were made to the premises.
At the adjourned session, the issue of the Dog Inn on Kirkgate and its licencee James Armitage was raised again. Superintendent Heaton called Armitage a "lawless fellow" and the magistrates resolved that if the lady who owned the property could get rid of Armitage, they would transfer the licence to Abraham Spivey.
Rowland Scholes (Black Bull Inn, Hillhouse) was called to explain why he had not attended the first session. He explained that he had asked his wife to attend in his absence but she had forgot. As he had kept his house for 11 years without complaint, the licence was renewed.
Thomas Cane (Foresters' Arms, Cumberworth-Half) explained that he had missed the session due to the theft of a heifer worth £13. John Jenkinson (Rose & Crown, Kirkburton) had delegated the task to a representative who had failed to arrive in time. Both had their licences renewed.
Finally, the licence of William Booth (Junction Inn, Cartworth) was discussed. Superintendent Heaton stated that both Booth and his wife were ill and that "the house was in a most deplorable state of sickness". After discussion, the licence was transferred to the owner of the premises, Anthony Hirst.