Brewster Sessions of 1909
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 for the borough.
Upper Agbrigg Division Sessions
The annual session was held on 9 February, with the adjourned session held a month later on 9 March. The following facts were reported:
- The number of convictions for the year was 297, compared to to 328 in the previous year.
- 62 clubs were licensed with a membership of around 9,000.
- 214 licensed premises in total.
With the exception of the following — which were all referred to the Compensation Authority on the grounds of redundancy — all of the licenses were renewed.
- White Hart Inn, Town Gate, Marsden
- Princess Royal, Higgin Brigg, Holmfirth, Cartworth
- Fleece Inn, Midway, South Crosland
Hearing objections to the Fleece Inn, a solicitor for the brewery questioned "an ancient inhabitant" who "had lived next door to the inn for forty years":
- Solicitor: Wouldn't you have to go further away for a drink?
- Witness: We don't want drink. We brew wer own. (laughter)
- Solicitor: I am told you had a drink there last week.
- Witness: I didn't pay for it. (laughter)
The George Tavern at Scammonden was initially considered for referral, but the magistrates then decided to renew the license at the adjourned session. It was eventually struck off in 1918.
- "Gratification at Huddersfield" in Leeds Mercury (10/Feb/1909)
- "Brewster Sessions" in Yorkshire Evening Post (09/Mar/1909)
- "Teetotaler's Testimony" in Leeds Mercury (10/Mar/1909)