Brewster Sessions of 1903

The Brewster Sessions were the "annual meetings of licensing justices to deal with the grant, renewal, and transfer of licences to sell intoxicating liquor".

Huddersfield Borough Sessions

The annual sessions were held on 11 February 1903. Colonel Greenwood presided and the other magistrates were F.W. Sykes, J.L. Walker, W.H. Jessop, J.A. Wrigley, and T. Bland.

The Chief Constable's report for the year included the following facts:

  • 84 licence transfers had been granted
  • 9 prosecutions against licensees had resulted in 4 convictions
  • 221 individuals were convicted for drunkenness

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner provided the following statistics for the Borough:

1902 1901
Licensed victuallers 164 165
Beerhouse keepers 109 109
Licenses for the sale of intoxicants for consumption off the presmises 77 73
350 347
Special or Occasional Licences 1902 1901
Cricket matches 59 49
Football matches 17 24
Cattle markets 55 47
Balls and dinners 25 20
Other occasions 15 33
171 173
Other Licences 1902 1901
Music 45 36
Billiards 15 15
Bagatelle 11 10
Bowls 7 6
Draughts 4 4
Dominoes 201 190
Chess 1 1
Ping-pong 10 0
294 282

The following new applications were refused:

  • Mr Galbraith O'Brien Hamilton applied for a spirit licence for the rooms on the island platform at the station
  • Alfred Berry of 10 Springdale Street for an off-beer licence — objections to the application were submitted by both the Temperance Party and the Temperance League
  • George Rawson of Brooklyn Grove, Commercial Street, Huddersfield, for an off-beer licence
  • John Littlewood, grocer of 26 West Parade, for a wine licence
  • Albert Edward Jackson of 12 John William Street, for a licence to retail wine and sweets
  • Thomas Needham of 56 Buxton Road, for an off-wine licence
  • Ben Brook Lawton, grocer of 53 Fartown Green Road, for an off-beer licence
  • James Hallas, grocer of Fartown Road (corner with Blackhouse Road), for off-beer and wine licence

The Rev. Joel Mallinson presented a memorial on behalf of the Huddersfield Free Church Council and the Wesleyan Methodist Council but was forbidden from giving a speech. This was an objection to the renewal of the licence of the Shorehead Hotel, Huddersfield, owned by Peter Marsland and tenanted by Mary Harrop. The previous tenant (Arthur Best) had been fined £10 during the year for permitting gaming. The objections were that "the house was of a disorderly character, was not structurally adapted for the business, and was not required for the necessities of the district". It was stated that there were 45 licensed premises within a radius of 350 yards. The magistrates agreed and refused the renewal.

The petitioners also objected to the renewal of the Clarendon beerhouse on Firth Street due to the high number of tenants. The current tenant was named as E.H. Coldwell and the owner was widow Mrs. Starkey. The bench decided to renew the licence but warned the tenant to keep an orderly house.

Despite objections from the Chief Constable, the magistrates granted licence transfers to Michael Caine, landlord of the Spotted Cow Inn (Huddersfield), and James Henry Craven, landlord of the Black Horse Inn (Dalton). In both instances, the licences were to be transferred to "new premises, which are to be constructed". In the later case, the Black Horse was an "old premises [...] in urgent need of renovation and repair" and the owners felt it would be cheaper to build a new premises.

With the exception of two, which were held over to the adjourned sessions, the existing licenses were renewed.

The adjourned sessions were held on 11 March at the Borough Police Court. On the bench were F. Greenwood, J.A. Wrigley, J. Lee Walker, F.W. Sykes, and W.H. Jessop.

The chairman reported that memorials had been received from the Huddersfield Women's Temperance Association, the Huddersfield Free Church Council and the Wesleyan Methodist Council, and had been read by the bench.

The Chief Constable, John Morton, lodged an objection to the renewal of the licence of John Lockwood of the Wharf Inn (Aspley) on the grounds of it being of a "disorderly character" and that the number of licensed premises in the neighbourhood was "already excessive". As Lockwood had only been the landlord for a few months, the bench decided to renew the licence.

A similar objection was lodged by Morton against the renewal of George Rhodes' licence (Harp Inn, Fartown), which included concerns about the physical condition of the premises — in particular "the undesirability of two cottages at the back of the premises forming part of the licensed property". A representative of the owners, Seth Senior & Sons of Shepley, stated that they would remedy any issues with the cottages. The bench then allowed the licence to be renewed.

Upper Agbrigg Division Sessions

The annual sessions were held on 10 February 1903 at the County Police Court, Huddersfield, with W. Brooke in the chair. Also on the bench were E. Armitage, A. Walker, F. Greenwood, J.A. Brooke, W. Butterworth, T. Mallinson, T.H. Bradbury, E. Mallinson, J. Sykes, J.F. Willans, J.C. Broadbent, G.F. Armitage, and C. Lockwood.

Superintendent Pickard's annual report included the following facts:

  • 247 licensees for a population of nearly 63,000 (average of 276 people per licensee), which was a reduction of 2 on the previous year:
    • 152 innkeepers
    • 73 beersellers
    • 20 shopkeepers
    • 2 on-site wine licences
  • 53 clubs had been registered
  • 492 people were convicted of drunkenness
  • 4 innkeepers and 1 beerhouse keeper had been convicted

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner provided the following summary:

Year Innkeepers Beersellers Drunkenness
Prosecuted Convicted Prosecuted Convicted Prosecuted Convicted
1900 4 4 2 2 429 416
1901 8 5 3 3 476 461
1902 6 4 1 1 504 492

Four new applications were made for off wine licences and were all refused:

  • chemist/shopkeeper Robert Walshaw Wright of Denby Dale
  • chemist Thomas Needham of Meltham
  • beerhouse keeper Joe Armitage of the Bulls Head, Linthwaite
  • beerhouse keeper Fred Varley of the Sovereign Inn, Golcar

The application by beerhouse keeper Allen Chambers of the Railway Hotel, Honley, for a full licence was also rejected.

James Peace, landlord of the Foresters Arms, Cumberworth, successfully applied for a "provisional grant of a publican's licence to certain premises proposed to be constructed on the site of an existing inn".

Existing licences were renewed with the exception of Harry Goddard (Ramsden Arms, Cartworth) who was absent.

The adjourned sessions were held on 10 March. On the bench were W. Brooke (chair), E. Armitage, J.A. Brooke, F. Greenwood, J.C. Broadbent, T.H. Bradbury, T. Mallinson, and A. Booth.

Harry Goddard attended and provided a valid reason for failing to attend previously, and his licence was renewed.

Mr. Walsh applied again on behalf of chemist Robert Walshaw Wright of Denby Dale, arguing that there were no licences to sell wine in the village — "If people wanted wine they had to go to hotels for it". Despite there being no objections voiced to the application, the magistrates again refused it.


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