Sort file:- Bromley, March, 2021.

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Priory Tavern

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Priory Street

Mount Misery


North West kent map 1789

Above map 1789 showing the location of Mount Misery, which I believe is now (2018) called Downham.


From the Sussex Advertiser, Tuesday 19 September, 1865.

Priory Tavern, "Mount Misery."

Mr. Palmer appeared to support an application for a spirit licence to the above house, which was situated in Priory Street. The applicant, he said, had kept the beer house in the town for 8 years, and was, he believed, a very respectable man, nor ever had any complaints against him. He now kept the beer shop for which applied for a license, which had been lately built for an inn by Mr. Batchelor, of Belle Ewe Green, Frant, who was a small brewer, at a cost of about 800 or 900. The house contains five bedrooms, parlour, bar parlour, kitchen and scullery and a large seller, and stabling for four horses, and a very good outhouse or lock-up coach-house for two carriages. As there worships were, no doubt, aware, in the neighbourhood a great many houses had been built, numbering about 200 or 300 houses in the new town, and in that place there was only one licensed house, adjacent to the "Priory Tavern."

Mr. Rogers said he appeared to support the application for a licence for the "Royal Mail," the applicant being Thomas Young, and opposed the granting of a licence to the "Priory Tavern."

Mr. Palmer could not see what his friends opposition would be, except that his client's house with better than his, (Mr. Palmer's), which he could not see, for it was totally unfit for a public house. He believed there was no stabling fit for putting horses in, and that the applicant has only been in the house for some two or three months, and was therefore not a proper person. He produced a testimonial signed by several respectable gentleman of the neighbourhood.

The applicant was then placed in the box, and was examined by Mr. Rogers, but nothing material was elicited, and after Mr. Batchelor was examined to prove the value of the building. Mr. Rogers address the bench on behalf of his applicant, whose house, he said, was one of the semi detached houses, and which was originally intended for a public house when the proper time arrived. The landlord of the property had stated to him, that if the license was granted he would make it a credit to the neighbourhood, and would have done so before, if the applicant for the "Priory Tavern" had not remained in the house so long that they should have had an opportunity of doing it. The situation of the "Priory Tavern" was at the corner of the road, with little or no ground attached to it, and what was called a stable and coach house looked something like a building put up for the admission of some very diminutive ponies.

Mr. Rogers was proceeding to state what his applicant was going to do, supposing he got a licence, when Alderman Solomon reminded him that the bench considered he had no locus standi in his application, but if he had got to say anything, why licence should not be granted to the other house, he might.

Mr. Rogers contended that they were was not sufficient accommodation for a public house at the "Priory Tavern," and was addressing the bench when Mr. Alderman Solomon thought it would be much better for Mr. Rogers not to proceed in any unnecessary speech this hot weather, as it was their intention not to grant either applications.




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