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Notes of 1851



From the census of 1851:- Thomas Leigh, aged 48. This was a beer house in Toys Hill, as yet unnamed but I believe it said "To be the Wood Dealer." I am making an educated guess that it's the "Tally Ho" as there is another licensee there with the surname of Leigh.


From the 1851 census.

Valentine GEORGE, publican and labourer, aged 42, unnamed pub in Fordwich.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 29 April 1851.

The licence of the refreshment rooms at the railway station (Ramsgate) was transferred temporarily from Mr. W. Parker, jun., to Mary Ann Dixon.


Kentish Gazette, 9 September 1851.

POLICE COURT - Guildhall.

On Thursday the general licensing day was held before the city magistrates. There were 115 licenses granted, and 8 suspended till the adjourned meeting (the 18th inst.) Three houses are shut up in the city, and seven publicans neglected to apply for renewal of their licenses. Mr. Charles applied for a license for the "Divan" in St. Margaret's Street, and Mr. Roberts for the "Queen’s Head," Northgate. The decision was adjourned till the 18th. A billiard license was renewed to Mr. Clark. Mr. Baker, the owner of the "Victoria Tavern and Assembly Rooms," in St. George’s Street, also applied tor a licence. A memorial, signed by upwards of one hundred of the inhabitants, was presented against granting a license in future to this house, it being alleged that the music and dancing in the room proved a great nuisance. Adjourned for a fortnight. There have been upwards of thirty transfers during the year, and about the like number of publicans convicted and cautioned for opening their houses within the prohibited hours on Sundays.


Kentish Gazette, 23 September 1851.


This was an adjourned day for granting licences, there being on the bench the Mayor, Aldermen Cooper, Brent, and Plummer, and Mr. Sprakeling. The following licences, which had been deferred for consideration, were altogether refused:— The "Briton" (W. Carter); "Royal George," (Ledbetter); "Eagle," White Horse Lane (Keith); "Golden Cross," (M'Cowan).

James Roberts, of the "Queen's Head," whose licence was withheld last year, was still denied renewal—the bench stating that no improvement had taken place in the conduct of the house.

Mr. Charles, who had applied for a licence for his "Divan," in St. Margaret's-Street, was told that, as it was an inconvenient place to have a licensed house, it must be refused.

Mr. Baker's application for a licence to the "Victoria Assembly Room" was also refused.

Elizabeth Forbes, of the "Odd Fellows' Arms," St. Peter’s-place, was called upon to answer an information alleging her to have drawn beer on Sunday morning, during the hours of Divine Service. She admitted the offence, so far as the beer having been drawn, but stated that it was in requital for the services of a man who had been gathering her grapes. Taking this as a little in extenuation, the bench fined her in the mitigated penalty of 1s. and costs, amounting to 10s. altogether, which was immediately paid.


Kentish Gazette, 23 September 1851.

The Chatham Brewery.

John Wall and Thomas John Wall of the Medway Brewery, Chatham, came up before Mr. Commissioner Fane, at the Bankruptcy Court, for the proof of debts and choice of assignees. Messrs. Wright and Bonner, of London Street, attended as solicitors for the petitioning creditor, Mr. John Avery, of Mincing Lane, malt dealer, who took out these proceedings on the 22nd of last month for a debt of 75. Among the debts proved in addition to the petitioning creditors were 359 4s. 3d. on the part of Mr. R. Turner, London, and 58 11s. 10d. by Messrs. W. and J. Crockford, without prejudice to prove a further account. Mr. Avery was requested to act as assignee on behalf of the creditors and accepted the trust. The bankrupts applied for an allowance and the Court granted 2 per week from the 25th of August last, until the 17th of October next, when they must come up for the purpose of passing their examination. The sitting is also for the further proof of debts.


Kentish Gazette, 28 October 1851.


Hall v. D'Aeth.

An interpleader summons, supported by Mr. Delasaux, and opposed by Mr. Walker.

It appeared that when Mr. Cornwall, farmer, of Ickham, failed two years ago, the plaintiff, a nephew, publican, of Herne Bay, bought the stock, and everything had been marked with his name and he was rated, Cornwall merely being as it were tenant under him, rendering him account of his proceedings, and receiving from him money to carry on the business; but the farm held by Cornwall of the Canterbury Incorporation had never been transferred to his nephew’s name, and when an execution had been issued for recovery of a debt due to defendant, plaintiff stepped in, claiming goods, stock, and crops. Mr. Walker contended against his right to do so, particularly in respect of the last named, observing that the land had not been transferred to him; and his Honour coinciding in that view, and after eliciting from plaintiff that he did not know how much money be had given his uncle, or what he had paid him in return, entered a no suit.