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Notes of 1895


Bexley Heath and Bexley Observer, Friday 6 September 1895.

The Annual Brewster Sessions for the district of Bromley was held on Monday last. Lieutenant Colonel Colvill residing. There were also present Sir. R. Micks, Messrs. J. Scott Jr. R. Stevens, F. C. Dobbing, G. Norman, E. J. Elgood, A. Waring, A. C. Norman, and Mr. A. E. Willett clerk.

Complaints were made by the police against four houses, the "Harrow Inn," Knockholt; the "Crown Inn," Knockholt; the "Prince of Wales," Mottingham; and the "Foresters Arms," Beckenham. Satisfactory arrangements, however, had been made since the cases of complaint arose, and no opposition was raised against a renewal.

Superintendent Holman made the following report as to the houses in his portion of the Sevenoaks district, in the Metropolitan Police area:- "I have the honour to submit to you my annual report relative to the licensed houses for the sale of intoxicating liquor, situate in the Bromley district of the Sevenoaks division. During the past year 2 licensed houses have been proceeded against, for an offence against the Licensing Act, viz. James Brett, of the "Harrow Inn," Knockholt, who was convicted on 26th August last, and fined 5, and had his licence endorsed for permitting drunkenness, and George Walkling, of the "Crown Inn," Knockholt, for permitting drunkenness; in his case the summons was dismissed, and he has since left the house, the licence being transferred and granted to a new tenant, Arthur Jones. The remainder of the licensed houses have been generally well conducted, considering the large number of strangers visiting the district throughout the year. There have been two changes of tenancy during the year. One in respect of a fully licensed house, and one beer house, and in each case the new tenant has conducted his house in a proper manner. There are no applications for new licences. Number of Licensed Victuallers 12, beer houses (on) 4, beer houses (off) 1, total 17.

In the whole of Bromley District there were stated to be now; 50 public houses, 3 beer houses with off-licences, 28 beer houses with on licences, 11 beer, wine and spirit houses, 6 wine and spirit houses, 5 wine off licences, and sweets 9, making a total of 113 licensed premises.