Brewster Sessions of 1899

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 Huddersfield Borough sessions and the separate Upper Agbrigg sessions (for districts not incorporated into the Borough). Unfortunately the available online newspaper archives do not contain the adjourned sessions.

Huddersfield Borough Brewster Sessions

The main session took place at the Town Hall in front of the Mayor (Alderman W.H. Jessop), Colonel Greenwood, F. Eastwood, J.A. Wrigley, Alderman J. Lee Walker, F.W. Sykes, and T. Bland.

An annual report was given by Chief Constable J. Morton who stated that there were 166 licensed victuallers, 109 beerhouse keepers, and 71 off-licences in the Borough. During the year, there had been 91 licence transfers.

The following new applications were then considered:

applicant abode premises licence (on/off premises) granted?
Alfred Brown 17 Beech Terrace, Fartown 28 King Street, Huddersfield wines (off) Y
James Nettleton 35 Westbourne Road, Marsh wines (off) Y
Herbert Edward Spurr 1 Greenhead Road, Huddersfield 1 Greenhead Road & 12 Folly Hall, Huddersfield wines (off) Y
Henry Sykes 32 Wakefield Road, Moldgreen 30 Wakefield Road, Moldgreen cider & perry (off) Y
Rowland Smith 5 Hillhouse Road, Huddersfield wines & spirits (off) Y
Fred Marsland 13 Commercial Street, Huddersfield beer (off) Y
Robert Dugdale One Ash, Leeds Road, Hudderfield beer & wine (off) N
Joe Jessop Bay Horse, Albert Street, Lockwood publican's licence N
William Berry Commerial beerhouse, Folly Hall Commercial Inn — a new premises at Folly Hall, approx. 30 yards away transfer Y
Joseph Ellis Old Hat Inn, West Parade, Hudderfield rebuild of the premises Y

The application by Joe Jessop was to upgrade from his beer retailer's licence and was supported by the owners, Watergate Brewery of Huddersfield.

The Old Hat was to be rebuilt by owners Bentley & Shaw Ltd. as the property was in need in modernisation. It was noted that the inn had "a good deal of stabling and coach-houses", and that former owner Benjamin Oxley was still using making use of them, although he had approved the new plans.

Upper Agbrigg Brewster Sessions

The main session was held at the Courthouse on Princess Street in front of Sir Thomas Brooke (chair), William Brooke, J.T. Taylor, E. Armitage, Colonel Greenwood, E. Mallinson, J.B. Robinson, W. Butterworth, W. Crowther, J.A. Wrigley, S.E. Hirst, and J. Pickering.

Superintendent Pickard reported that there had been 4 convictions against innkeepers and 3 against beerhouse keepers. The total number of prosecutions for offences against the Licensing Act were:

  • 398 for being drunk or drunk and riotous (386 convictions)
  • 6 for being drunk in charge of horses (all convicted)
  • 15 for refusing to quit licensed premises (14 convictions)
  • 3 for being on licensed premises during prohibited hours (all convicted)
  • 10 for gaming on licensed premises (8 conviction)

The chairman then noted that many of the convictions were from Shelley, but Pickard could offer no explanation as to why.

The following new applications were made:

applicant abode/premises licence (on/off premises) granted?
Allen Priestley Black Horse Inn, Lepton wines & spirits (on & off) N
John Beaumont Broadbent Chemist of Westgate, Honley wines & spirits (off) Y
Edwin Schofield Mellor Hollingwood Green, Meltham bottled beer (off) N
Seth Senior & Sons Highfield Brewery, Shepley beer (off) N

The application by Edwin Schofield Mellor of Meltham noted that he already had licences to sell wines and spirits, as well as large beer casks (4½ gallons or more) and was even supported by a rival wines & spirits retailing in the town. However, it was also pointed out that there were six other licensed premises within 200 yards, including the Cat Inn, Rose and Crown Inn, Victoria Hotel, and Waggon and Horses Inn. A petition against the application (on the grounds of there being sufficient premises already) was signed by the curates of Meltham and Meltham Mills, several local and district councillors, and members of the Brook family.

Seth Senior & Sons' application was on the grounds that "from time to time [they] had customers who desired smaller quantities of beer than they were allowed to supply under their wholesale licence."


  • "Licensing Sessions" in Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (23/Aug/1899)
  • "Licensing Sessions" in Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (24/Aug/1899)
  • "Licensing Sessions: Upper Agbrigg Divisions" in Huddersfield Chronicle (26/Aug/1899)