Kitten (beerhouse), Mill Moor Road, Meltham
The Kitten was a beerhouse situated on Mill Moor Road, Meltham.
According to several sources, the first Wesleyan Chapel (built 1819) was situated between the Kitten beerhouse and the Cat Inn beerhouse, the latter having likely been established by John Waterhouse (c.1798-1859) in the 1830s.
The 1841 Census records "retailer of beer" Hannah Waterhouse (c.1780-1852) as the adjacent entry to John Waterhouse, and she may have been his aunt. By 1851, Hannah was still residing at the same location but was no longer listed as a beer seller.
The premises was reopened by 1859 as the New Inn by Hannah's son-in-law, Abraham Taylor.
By the 1870s, the Wesleyan Chapel "was becoming too small and the inability of people to obtain a 'sitting' (i.e. a reserved seat) led to demand for a new chapel". Keen to acquire adjacent land to build a new chapel, they opposed the renewal of Taylor's beerhouse licence at the 1878 Brewster Sessions on the grounds that "the house was a nuisance, and that the applicant had been convicted of a felony". The magistrates agreed and Taylor's licence was revoked.
The second chapel was then built on the site of the Kitten between 1884 and 1886, and the original chapel became a Sunday School and Assembly Rooms.
The approximate location is given below.
Notes and References
- A Short History of Methodism in Meltham (c.1969) by Rev. Conrad Scott.
- This seems to have been a case reported in Huddersfield Chronicle (12/Jul/1862) when "four brass steps, the property of the Earl of Dartmouth" were stolen. Abraham Taylor had also once been fined for being drunk and abusive on the train to Meltham.