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 Brewster Sessions held on 22 August and 24 September 1867.
The main session was held at the Court House in Huddersfield before magistrates George Armitage (chair), Thomas Brooke, J. Hirst, S.W. Haigh, Wright Mellor, J.T. Armitage, and J. Harpin.
The chairman began by remaking that the number of offences during the last 12 months was less than in previous years.
The following applications for new licences were submitted in advance of the session, although two were withdrawn on the day:
|applicant||abode or location||premises||granted?|
|David Lockwood||Wakefield Road junction, Dalton||Ivy Green||N|
|Thomas Milnes||Leymoor, Golcar||Walkers' Arms||N|
|Frederick Siswick||Leymoor, Golcar||Royal Albert||Y|
|Joseph Sykes||Paddock Foot, Huddersfield||N|
|Joseph Ives||Castlegate, Huddersfield||Rising Sun||N|
|Henry Harper||Paddock Brow, Huddersfield||Tam o' Shanter||N|
|James Sykes||Longroyd Bridge, Huddersfield||Royal Union||Y|
|Esther Ann Clegg||Manchester Street, Huddersfield||Shoulder of Mutton||N|
|Adam Oddy||Chancery Lane & Westgate, Huddersfield||N|
|George Holmes||Manchester Road, Huddersfield||Richmond Inn||N|
|George Ransley||Buxton Road, Huddersfield||Town Hall Inn||N|
|George Richardson||Aspley, Huddersfield||Fly Boat Inn||Y|
|George Burn||Westgate & John William Street, Huddersfield||Chamber of Commerce Dining Rooms||Y|
|Giles Eastwood||Colne Road, Huddersfield||Bridge Inn||N|
|Nathaniel Partridge||Bradford Road, Huddersfield||Viaduct Hotel||N|
|Sarah Brook||King Street, Huddersfield||Marquis||N|
|George Marshall||John Street & Buxton Road, Huddersfield||West Riding Hotel||adjourned|
|Hannah Shaw||Paddock Junction, Kirkbuton||withdrawn|
|Joseph Garside||Birchencliffe, Lindley||Foresters' Arms||Y|
|James Dyson||Woodland House, Spring Mill, Linthwaite||N|
|George Lockwood||Edge Top, Linthwaite||Alma Inn||N|
|Elliott Johnson||Milnsbridge||Post Office Hotel||N|
|George Kinder||Bridge End, Lockwood||Bridge Tavern||N|
|Jeremiah Hellawell||New Street, Lockwood||withdrawn|
|Joseph Sykes||Scammonden||Upper Royal||Y|
|Hannah Shaw||New Mill, Wooldale||Sun Inn||Y|
The Ivy Inn at Dalton was described as consisting of "six rooms on the ground floor; three above, and good stabling and shed". The applicant had kept the beerhouse for 15 years.
The Walkers' Arms in Golcar had been a beerhouse for 29 years and was situated between the Rose & Crown at Golcar and the New Inn at Longwood.
The Royal Albert, also in Golcar, was "situated on the road leading from Milnsbridge to Scammonden" and was the only beerhouse until the Royal George some three miles distant. It had been opened in October 1866 and was "furnished with considerable taste, and it was a model of neatness and cleanliness".
Joseph Sykes had kept his beerhouse for 18 years and it was situated "at the junction of five roads" at Paddock Foot.
The Tam o' Shanter had been a beerhouse for 37 years and the applicant had formerly been an employee of Lord Fitzwilliam.
The Royal Union had been a beerhouse for 17 years without complaint, and could be accessed from the canal towpath. It was described as consisting of "bar parlour, commodious kitchen, bar, taprooms, snug, [...] five cellars, and a like number of bedrooms".
Esther Ann Clegg was a widow and the location of the Shoulder of Mutton, at the junction of Manchester Street and Water Lane, was described as being "not a very delightful part of the town". The premises consisted of four ground-floor rooms, four bedrooms, and a sitting room. Clegg was the owner of the property and it had been run by her for 13 or 14 years.
It was reported that Adam Oddy and his father had occupied their premises "for nearly 100 years" but it was currently being refurbished. Once completed, it would have five or six bedrooms and its large cellar extended under the adjoining bank. The manager of the bank supported Oddy's application.
The Richmond Inn on Manchester Road was described as being situated directly opposite the Fountain Inn.
The Town Hall Inn on Buxton Road "was next to the Savings' Bank" but was next door to a licensed premises.
The Fly Boat Inn at Aspley had been a beerhouse for around 30 years, with the Richardson family running it for around 14 years. The application was supported by 14 local mill owners.
Joseph Sykes' application was supported by the "Incumbent of Deanhead Church and the churchwardens".
The Sun Inn at New Mill had been kept as a beerhouse for 30 years, with Hannah Shaw being the landlady for 18 years. Although the Duke of Leeds public house was nearby, it was noted that it had no water supply and horses requiring water were instead brought to her beerhouse.
At the adjourned session chaired by George Armitage, the licence of David Kaye (Shepherds Inn, Meltham) was withdrawn due his convictions during the previous year.
In the matter of the West Riding Hotel, the bench decided to refuse the application.