Sort file:- Tunbridge Wells, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1861-

Jolly Sailor

Latest 1874+

Little Mount Sion

Royal Tunbridge Wells


Only found to date from the census of 1861, the premises was being run as a beer shop by James Russell, who was a carpenter by trade.

Further information has been found from the kent and Sussex Courier of 1874.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 19 June 1874.

Tunbridge Wells Petty Sessions.

Cutting off a Dog's Tail.

Jacob Muller, a member of the Austrian band, was summoned on an information laid by Mr. Patrick Timoney, one of the officers of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, for cruelly ill treating a dog by cutting off its tail, at Little Mount Zion, on the 7th inst.

The complainant conducted the case in person, and Mr. Cripps, solicitor, was for the defendant.

Mr. Cripps said the facts of the case were admitted and the real question for the Bench to decide would be, whether the defendant was wilfully guilty of an act of cruelty.

Henry Carman, age 12, deposed that he lived with his father and mother at Little Mount Zion. On Sunday the 7th inst. he was in the street at Little Mount Sion, when he saw a little girl leading a dog which she had found in the street. One of the Austrians took up the animal and said "Whose dog is this?" and then without saying anything more cut off from its tail a piece about the length of his finger. The defendant was the man who cut off the dog's tail. When he had done it, he said nothing and put the dog down again.

Superintendent Embery said they had the dog at the police station if the Bench would like to see it.

Mr. Cripps says he should like the Magistrates to see the Dog.

The witness in reply to questions said that's the dogs bled after its tail was cut, he barked and ran down the passage.

The dog was produced by the police and also the piece of tail which it had lost.

Thomas Neale, proprietor of the "Jolly Sailor" beer-house, Little Mount Zion, deposed that on the day in question he saw the dog in the street, two or three children had strings tied to the dog and were pulling it about first one way and then the other. Defendant went up to the dog saying that he would cut the hair of its tail, and as he (witness) believed he cut the tail by mistake. He was quite sure that the man did not intend to cut the dog's tail. The witness was questioned by the Bench and said he had no grounds in saying he was sure that the defendant did not intend to cut off the dog's tail, but he believed he only intended to cut the hair. Defendant lodged at his house and had done so at intervals for several years past. Defendant was very kind to animals.

Mr. W. C. Cripps then addressed the Bench for the defendant, who was, he said a member of the Austrian Band, and on the morning in question the dog was being pulled about by two or three children who had strings tied to it. Defendant in order to liberate the dog went forward towards it to cut the strings and he remarked that he would cut its tail off, and while only intending to cut with hair he unintentionally cut deeper than he wished to do. He contended that the defendant who was a respectable young man was not wilfully guilty of an act of cruelty towards the dog.

The Bench fined the defendant 3s. and the cost 13s. which was at once paid.

Superintendent Henbury in reply to the Bench said they had not succeeded in finding an owner for the dog.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 19 June 1874.

Tunbridge Wells Petty Sessions. Unjust Measures.

Mr. Thomas Neale, proprietor of the "Jolly Sailor" beer house, little Mount Sion, was summoned by Mr. Stringer inspector of weights and measures for having four measures in his possession which were unjust.

The Inspector on being sworn produced the measures a quart, two pints, and a half pint which were a gill, half a gill, and the third of a gill short respectively. The measures generally were in a bad state much bruised and dented.

Mr. Neale said that the quart and pint measures were never used for supplying customers but were placed under the beer engine to receive the droppings. The half pint measure which he did use for customers he brought of Mr. Stringer. He pleaded guilty.

Mr. Stringer said the measures might have been purchased from his son but decidedly not from him as he never sold any of them.

The Bench fined the defendant 5s. for each of the measures which were deficient, making in all 1 and the costs 10s.



RUSSELL James 1861+ (also carpenter age 42 in 1861Census)

NEALE Thomas 1874+




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