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Notes of 1861



From the Kentish Chronicle, 2 February, 1861.


Elizabeth Howard was charged by P.C. Groombridge with being drunk. He said on Wednesday night, about half-past ten, I saw the prisoner lying down in Bridge-street drunk. I wished her to go home but she was noisy and very abusive. I was compelled to take her into custody.

She was sentenced to one mouth’s hard labour, when she remarked that the next time she should like 4 years of it.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 29 June, 1861.

Last week, as two gentlemen belonging to this city were crossing the Dane John, Canterbury, they saw a drunken sailor staggering, along in front of them, tumble headlong into the basin of the fountain, and there he remained with his heels sticking in the air until they ran to his assistance. The drunken son of Neptune after spitting the mud and water out of his mouth, suddenly shouted out, “Ship a-hoy” and ran off without thanking the gentlemen for their timely assistance, and without which, seeing the state he was in, he might have been suffocated.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 10 September 1861.


This was the annual licensing day, and the publicans again had much ground for complaint into the way in which the business is transacted. They were all ordered to give their attendance at eleven o'clock, the ordinary time for opening the court, but they were not called in until after one. They were consequently kept waiting in the streets, and sacrificed upwards of two hours, to the great inconvenience of many. Most of the old licenses were renewed, but those of the following publicans were left for consideration until an adjourned licensing day (the 12th inst.) in consequence of complaints having been made of the way in which the houses have been conducted. Robert Whittaker, "Princess Royal," Northgate; Thomas Denne, "Wellington," Broadstreet; Richard Drew, "Three Grenadiers," Military Road; William Taylor, "True Britton," Northgate; and Charles Moore, the "Cock," Westgate.

The applications for new licenses were then made, as follows:-

Thomas Francis Russell, for the "British Oak," beer-house, Military Road. The applicant handed in a memorial numerously signed, and a petition alluding to the fact that he had kept the "Cock" public-house, Westgate, for eight years without having been complained of. The house had been previously licensed, but the license had been suspended, in consequence of the way in which the house was conducted, while occupied by another person.

The application was refused.

George Fox, for the "Woolpack," North Lane. Refused.

Edward Vincer, for the "Vauxhall Tavern." Granted.

John Sidney Hawkes, for the "Cannon," Northgate. Refused.

William Todd, for the "Plough," Pound Lane. Refused.

Charles Hills, "Miller's Arms," North Lane. Granted.

Isaac Pierce, "Miller's Arms," St. Radigund's. Granted.

Edward Yeomans, "Man of Kent," Wincheap. Refused.

James Henry Robins, for the "Sovereign," Castle Street. Mr. Fielding supported the application, and urged that it was necessary that the license should be granted, as the traffic through Castle Street had been much increased since the opening of the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway. He also spoke of the accommodation the house offered to the public, and handed in two memorials, one of them signed by visitors to the house, and the other by persons residing in the neighbourhood. The application was granted.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 14 September 1861.

Cranbook. Petty Sessions.

This being the annual licensing day, a number of "Mine hosts" attended before there worships. The chairman, in a few brief remarks, expressed the pleasure he felt at finding their respective houses had been conducted in so quiet and orderly a manner, and trusted that the past year might be merely a reflex of what might be experienced in the one in perspective. Under the circumstances the bench really thought the renewal of the licences a pleasing duty. The whole of the licences were then renewed, and the publicans left the bar, bowing an acknowledgement to their worships for their courtesy.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 5 October 1861.

Transfer of licences.

At the General Annual Licensing Meeting holden at the Town Hall, Maidstone, on the 31st of August, 1861, the magistrates appointed the following eight special sessions, for the transfer of licences for the ensuing year, to be holding at the Town Hall, at the hour of 11 in the forenoon of each day, namely:- 26th of October, 23rd November, 28th December, 1st February, 29th March, 3rd May, 28th June, 26th July.

It appears that any person intending to transfer his or her license must serve a notice on one of the overseers of the poor of the parish of Maidstone, and on one of the constables of the said borough, at least 5 days previously to any of the above special session.