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Notes of 1896


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser 03 September 1896.

Rochester City Brewster sessions.

On Saturday the annual licence in session for the city of Rochester was held at the Guildhall, before the Mayor (Aldermen E. Woodgate,) Mr. R. Steadman, general G. W. Forbes, Alderman W. Ball. and Messrs G. Booth, and V. Hills.

Chief Constable's Report.

Chief Constable Broadbridges report showed that the licensed houses in the jurisdiction have been generally well conducted during the year. The number of fully licensed houses in the city was 83; of beer houses 40, and of person's licence to retail wine, beer, &c,. off the premises, 17. In the last 12 months (18956) the convictions for drunkenness had only numbered 128, while in 1891, 161 were convicted. This was very satisfactory, considering the rapid growth of the district year by year.

Caution to publicans.

The mayor cautioned four licensed victualers and one beer house keeper who have been convicted of offences under the Licensing Act during the year. The justices would grant the renewal of the licences, but if there were any further convictions against them they would certainly be endorsements upon the licences. They must understand thoroughly that it was no child's play for the holder of a licence to be convicted before the Bench.


From the Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Thursday 10 September 1896.


The superintendents report.

Superintendent Johnson presented his report on the licensed houses of the division. This showed that during the past year 3 licence holders have been convicted of offences against their licences, viz., Edward Collins, landlord of the "Bull," Lenham Heath; Alfred Walden, landlord of the "Greyhound" beer house, Wychling; and Alfred Roberts, landlord of the "Pig and Whistle," Boughton Malherbe. In the last case the licence had since been transferred. The remaining licensed houses in the division have been generally well conducted. The number of person's proceeded against and convicted of drunkenness during the year was 41, against 30 in the previous year. 18 males and three females were resident in the division, and 15 males and 5 females were non resident. There have been 15 charges of tenancy during the year, 7 of fully licensed houses, 8 of beer houses, and one of an off-licence beer house. The number of ale houses in the division was 63, beer houses (on) were 36, beer houses (off) 10, grocers licences 6, total 120. Total population was 20,247. The chairman said that all licences would be renewed.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 25 September, 1896.


A most lamentable occurrence, which happened at Twitham Farm, Wingham, on September 2nd, had a fatal termination on Wednesday. Mr. W. H. Peto, the occupier of Knowlton Park, was shooting over the farm in question, on the date mentioned with a party of friends. Whilst going over a piece of potato ground, Mr. Peto fired at a landrail which got up near to the corner of an adjoining hop ground. He missed the bird, but a short time afterwards found that hop-picking had been going on in the ground in question, and that each member of a family of pickers from Dover, named Tolputt, consisting of a man, woman and two children, had been hit by the small shot.

Mrs. Tolputt was rendered quite insensible. She was in a delicate state of health at the time, and for over a week afterwards had to keep to her bed. She was attended to by Dr. Lewis, and was eventually allowed to go out in the hop ground a short time daily, although she was evidently much unnerved by the occurrence. Her death occurred late on Wednesday, but the doctor was unable to give a certificate, owing to the effect of her having received one small shot wound at the back of the head.

The matter was reported to the district Coroner (Mr. M. Mercer), who held an inquest on Saturday, when the Jury found that death was due to valvular disease of the heart, together with shock caused by the injury deceased received and by seeing her family wounded. Evidence was given by the husband of the deceased, who was 35 years of age, Dr. Lewis, and Mr. Peto.

Mr. W. H. Peto, of Knowlton Court, Wingham, asks us to publish the following statement in connection with the above accident:- he says he was out shooting with some friends on the 2nd inst., when a hop-picker, who was entirely screened from view behind some poles, was struck by two pellets from his gun. A neighbouring medical practitioner was at once sent for, and he found that the injuries were very slight. She was supplied with food and medical attendance at Mr. Peto's expense. After the accident the woman, who had long been suffering from serious valvular disease of the heart, resumed hop-picking, and was so employed until her death, which took place on the 17th inst.