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Notes of 1886


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 9 April, 1886. Price 1d.


The following is a copy of the bill read a second time last week, the object of which is to prohibit the sale of Intoxicating Liquors to Children.

“Be it enacted, &c.:-

Every holder of a license who sells, or allows any person to sell, any description of intoxicating liquor to any description of person, under the age of 13 years, for the first offence, not exceeding 20s. and not exceeding 40s. for the second, and any subsequent offence.

For the purpose of all legal proceedings required to be taken under the foregoing section, this Act shall be construed as one Act with the Licensing Acts 1872-1174.

This Act shall not extend to Scotland (as it is already in operation under the Forbes' Mackenzie Act, including Children up to 14 years.)

This Act may be cited for the purpose as “The Intoxicating Liquors' Bill, Protection of Children, 1886.”

This Act shall commence and come into operation on the day on which it becomes law.”


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 3 September, 1886. 1d.


The annual Sessions were held at the Court House, Wingham, on Thursday, C. J. Plumptree, Esq., in the Chair, and J. F. Godfrey, Esq.


Superintendent Wood reported: I most regretfully beg to report that with one exception the houses have been well conducted during the past year. The exception is the “Woodmans Arms” public house, kept by Josiah Page at the parish of Barham, who was convicted on the 5th of August last, for having his house open for the sale of beer during prohibited hours, and fined 2s. 6d. and costs. There are 16 public houses and nine beer houses. During the year there has been thirteen persons proceeded against for drunkenness within the above district being an increase of two from last year.


Superintendent Kewell reported: I have the honour to place before you a list of ale houses, and grocers, and other licensed to sell spirits, wine, and beer within that part of the Wingham Division under my superintendence, and am pleased to report that the whole of them have been well conducted during the past year, but I think it my duty to inform you that James Gilham, the landlord of the “Boot” at Sutton has been twice convicted during the last six months for being drunk whilst in charge of a horse and cart on the public highway, having been previously cautioned for similar offences. During the year 14 males and two females have been proceeded against for drunkenness and drunk and disorderly conduct, and, with one exception, convicted. The number proceeded against was five less than last year.

There are within this part of the division 49 ale houses, 39 beer houses, and 6 grocers and others licensed to sell spirits, wine, and beer. The additional beer house being the “Dog and Duck,” at Pluck's Gutter, Stourmouth, formerly in the Borough of Fordwick.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 3 September, 1886. 1d.


The annual Sessions for the renewal of Victuallers licenses was held at the Session House on Monday morning, there being on the Bench:- The Mayor (W. J. Adcock, Esq.), Dr. Astley, S. F. Pierce, Esq., Sir Richard Dickeson, J. L. Bradley, Esq., T. V. Brown, Esq., and A. Bottle, Esq. The Court was crowded with the members of the trade, and the first preceding was to read over the names of the existing houses and unless there was some objection the license was granted as a matter of course, and obtained by paying the usual fee in the Maison Dieu Hall,


Mr. G. C. Spain applied for a license to sell British wines at his premises at 22, Biggin Street. It was granted.

The usual grants for early opening of certain houses were made.