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Notes of 1926


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 22 January, 1926. Price 1d.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT at the General Annual Licensing Meeting to be held at the Sessions House Dover on Monday the 1st day of February, 1926, at twelve o'clock at noon a proposal will be considered in accordance with paragraph (b) of sub-section 1 of section one of the Licensing Act, 1921, with reference to the hours applicable to the Licensed premises and Clubs in the above Licensing District, and for fixing within the prescribed limits in accordance with sub-section (2) of section one and sub-section (2) of section two of the said Act, the permitted hours for Licenses premises in the above Licensing District.

the Licensing Justices will at the above Meeting allow any person to address them who appears to them to be qualified to give expression of opinion for the purpose of ascertaining local opinion as to the above.


Clerk to the Licensing Justices.

Justices' Clerk's Office, Dover.

26th January, 1926.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, Saturday 13 February 1926.


The report of the Chief Constable (Mr. A. S. Beesley) for the year 1925 was as follows:-

I have the honour to present my third annual report relating to the administration of the Licensing Laws within this borough for the year 1925.

Licensed Premised:- There are in this borough 112 premises licensed for the sale of intoxicating liquor, the number being made up as follows:- Full licenses, 69; Beer On, 7; Beer Off, 6; Beer and Spirit Dealers, 13; Grocers, etc. Off, 6; Confectioners Wine On, 3; Chemists Wine Off, 7;Cider and Sweets Off, 1; 79 On; 33 Off. No licensed houses were referred back on the grounds of redundancy, by the last Annual Licensing Committee.

Alehouse Licence:- Of the alehouse licences, two are six-day licences.

Alehouse licences:- Six of the licences have been transferred during the year, viz., "Jubilee" Public House, from Hugh Mackay to William George Tingey, on 7th January, 1925; Pleasure Gardens Theatre, from Frederick Ralph to Ewart Cobden Potter o the 11th February, 1925; "Black Bull Hotel," from William John Bennett on the 11th March 1925; 134, Sandgate Road from Charles William Turner to Cecil Henry Martin Brooke, on 11th March, 1925; Bathing Establishment from Edwin Willis to Ernest Alfred Baker on 8th April, 1925, and the "Globe Hotel" from Henry John Butler to George Chambers, on 20th May, 1925.

Occasional Licences:- Eleven occasional licences were issued to licence holders to sell intoxicating liquor other than on their licensed premises.

Extension of Licensing Hours:- 281 extensions have been granted to licence holders, when dinners, etc., were being held on their licensed premises. In no case has any abuse of the privilege been officially noted, through certain complaints have been received.

Proceedings Against Licensees, Etc:- During the year three licensed were proceeded against for breaches of the intoxicating Liquor Laws, viz:

1:- On the 10th February, 1925, Charles Frederick Hutson of 45, and 47, Bournemouth Road, for failing to exhibit his name and nature of licence on his licensed premises. Case dismissed.

2:- On the 5th July, 1925, Hugh Lawrence Forsyth, of the "Victoria Pier," for supplying intoxicating liquor during non permitted hours. Case withdrawn.

3:- On the same date the same licensee was proceeded against for selling beer on Sunday, he being the holder of a six-day licence only. Case dismissed.

4:- On the same date the same licensee was proceeded against for permitting gaming on his licensed premises (cards) and he was fined 10.

5:- On the 19th October, 1925, Annie Arthur, of the "Star and Garter" Public house, for supplying intoxicating liquor during non-permitted hours. Case dismissed with a caution.

Five persons were proceeded against for consuming intoxicating liquor on licensed premises during non-permitted hours.

Visits to Licensed Premises by Police:- All licensed premises have been periodically visited at irregular intervals by my officers during the year, to see that the same were being conducted in a satisfactory manner, and I am pleased to say that, with a few exceptions, no adverse reports have been submitted to me. The number of visits made were 1,036.

Drunkenness:- During the year ended 31st December, 1925, 22 persons (15 males and 7 females) were proceeded against for drunkenness, of whom 13 were convicted and 9 discharged after being cautioned by the Bench. Of those proceeded against 10 were residents of the borough, 7 soldiers, 2 of no fixed abode, and 3 non-residents. This was a decrease of one as compared with the number proceeded against in the previous year, of whom 13 were convicted and 10 discharged.

Comparative Return of Drunkenness:- The following table shews a comparative of return of drunkenness with Boroughs similarly situated to Folkestone:-

Chester (Population in 1921, 40,802; Number proceeded against per 1,000 of population, 1.37; Scarborough (46,179), 1.01; Gravesend (31,171), 3.17; Bedford (40,242) 1.09; Oxford (57,036) 0.94; Ramsgate (36,561) 0.57; Margate (46,480) 0.516; Folkestone (37,535), 0.58.

Permitted Hours:- The permitted hours as allowed by the Licensing Act of 19221, have been fixed by the Licensing Justices for the borough of Folkestone as under:- Weekdays, from 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays:- From 12 noon to 2 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Clubs:- Twelve clubs where intoxicating liquor is supplied are registered under the Act. This is an increase of one as compared with the previous year, namely, the "United Services Club," 84, Dover Road, which was opened on the 14th November, 1925.

Conviction Against Club Official:- On the 10th July, 1925, John Charles Neale, the steward of the "Druid's Club," Dover Street, was summoned for supplying intoxicating liquor during non-permitted hours and he was fined 5.The Secretary of this Club, John Standing, was summoned to show cause why the club should not be struck off the register on the grounds of misconduct, but, after strictly cautioning him, the Bench dismissed the case. Two persons were convicted for consuming intoxicating liquor on this club's premises during non-permitted hours, and the proceedings for a similar offence against six other persons were dismissed. One person was convicted for obstructing police in the execution of their duty on the above mentioned premises.

Hotels and Restaurants:- Six hotels and one restaurant have authority under Section 3 of the Licensing Act, 1921, to supply intoxicating liquor with meals, for one hour after 10 p.m., on Wednesdays, namely; "Metropole Hotel," "Grand Hotel," "Majestic Hotel," "Regina Hotel," "Esplanade Hotel," "Royal Pavilion Hotel," "Central Cafe."


In conclusion, I should like to express my appreciation for the ever ready courtesy and fairness extended to me by the Bench during the past year, and for the valuable assistance and advice of your Clerk, Mr. John Andrew, which is always unreservedly at my service.
The Chairman: Would the Bench like to retire to consider the report.

The Chairman said on behalf of the Bench he would like to say the magistrates considered the report to be very satisfactory. They noted that the convictions for drunkenness compared very favourably with towns of a similar size, and he hoped that would continue. They noticed with satisfaction that the officers had been about doing their duty, so had the law not been kept they felt sure the matter would have been brought to the notice of the Chief Constable and proper steps taken. The magistrates were gratified to know that proceedings had only to be taken against ten residents of the borough, and that in a town the size of Folkestone was very creditable. It showed that open, blatant drunkenness had come to an end in a town of that size. There had been a conviction against a club official, and that was a serious matter, the only really serious one of the year. There was only one point he was asked to mention, and that was in reference to extension of licenses. Certain complaints had been received, and comments were made by the Bench. He wished to say that the Bench granted extensions of licensed for certain functions, the extension was only for those taking part in the function, and was not for outsiders coming in. The outside public were not allowed after permitted hours. The magistrates were very pleased with the satisfactory nature of the report.

The Chief Constable said with regard to the matter of the extension of the licenses mentioned by the Bench he would like to say that he took immediate steps to bring the remarks of the justices to the notice of the persons concerned, and he was satisfied that the Bench would not again have cause for complaint.

The Chairman announced that the whole of the licenses, with the exception of the "Victoria Pier," would be granted for the ensuring year. The license of the "Victoria Pier" would be referred to the adjourned meeting.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 5 March, 1926. Price 1d.


The Magistrates heard arrangements for and against the continuance of the closing hour of 10 p.m. to be decided on by them at the Brewster Sessions.

Mr. Shea appeared on behalf of the isle of Thanet Licensed Victuallers Association. He said that during the Summer months the population of these towns increased fourfold, and with the Summer Time a permanent institution it was not dark now until ten o'clock, and most of the entertainments in these towns terminated at that time, and the Justices very rightly took this into consideration when they asked previously for this half hour, and they allowed them to close at 10.30, which conferred a great boon on the district and the visitors.

Mr. Rutley Mowll appeared on behalf of the Dover Licensed Victuallers' Association, and applied for the extension of the hours for closing to 10.30 p.m., a privilege which he said they had granted many times before. Dover, as an industrial centre, was entitled to receive special consideration. In Dover, a number of men, whose work necessitated their being engaged until ten o'clock, and that this privilege of keeping the licensed houses open to ten thirty o'clock gave these men an opportunity which they should not be denied, of some refreshment when they came off their work at ten o'clock. There was a cargo boat, to mention one particular case, and its shift came at ten o'clock; and indeed it was impossible in an industrial district like Dover to avoid hardship unless they granted some extensions as they had done in the past. There was a special effort being made in Dover, continued Mr. Mowll, to attract a larger number of visitors here, and with great submission to the bench, if this extension was not granted it would not be helpful in connection with this effort. He would remind the bench that the hours applied to clubs, the same as to public houses, and all clubs in the district had to deny their members any refreshment after ten o'clock which was really nine o'clock in the summer.

Mr. Shea said he would like to mention that after mature consideration the Folkestone Licensing Magistrates had decided that the hours there should be 10.30.

Mr. Bradley said that was a miss-statement, he thought the Folkestone magistrates only allowed the extra half hour during four months of the year.

The Magistrates' Clerk said he had a lot of letters, which he did not think it necessary to read, from secretaries of clubs in Dover. The Dover Club, the Yacht Club, the Carlton Club, the friendly Societies' Club, the Oddfellows' Club and the Commercial Club asking that the extra half hour might be granted. There were no objections by the Police to the extension of hours.

Mr. Scorer, on behalf of the Free Churches, and the Temperance Party in Broadstairs, said that on the last occasion, the Licensing Justices made an order for the closing of the public houses at ten o'clock; and his submission was that there should be no extension until such time as special requirements could be shown. On the last occasion the Magistrates were equally divided, and being equally divided it was as equivalent to no order being made. A lot had been said about Margate and Folkestone, and he would like to point out that Ramsgate, which was probably as near as Broadstairs to Margate was, had always been ten o'clock, the extra half hour was a privilege which was only granted where special circumstances could be shown. he did not think the summer season was a particular circumstance which could be quoted in favour, and with regard to people coming out of entertainments after the hours of ten, there was always the interval when they could go and have a drink. The young people of the particular district must also be considered, and late hours for drinking, especially among women, were not at all the proper thing, and should be guarded against. There was a lot of unemployment about, and naturally there should be less money for drink, and there should not be such demand for drink. he felt that the applications in favour of the 10.30 rule were all on behalf of the licensees. They had not heard anyone, in the form of a large employer of labour or large bodies of working men, of citizens, coming forward to say what a grave injustice it had been to take this half hour off. He would have expected that they would have turned up to object. The application, he felt, was not for supplying as existing demand, but for promoting demand. he thought that the present order should stand for 12 months. There was some suggestion that the extension should be made for the summer months, but, personally, he very much doubted whether they could  legally do that. He asked that the previous order be upheld.

The Rev. W. Holyoak, on behalf of the Dover Free Church Council, requested that the order that the magistrates made in February should stand. First of all, this was only the adjourned meeting of the original meeting and although he was not a lawyer, he would likw to call their attention to Section 10 of the Licensing Consolidation Act, 1910, which laid down a rule in that regard. The Act of parliament of 1921 specified that there should be no exception to the ten o'clock rule, unless the special requirements of the district rendered it desirable. No special requirements had been proven to exist in the Dover district. They had been told that the Bench conferred a benefit on the Liberties, but there was a petition before them which suggested that it had not been at all appreciated. They had also been told that it was a privilege but surely they ought to have that proved too. Dover had been referred to as an industrial town, and that there were sections of men who came off work after ten o'clock, for whom facilities ought to be provided. But there were men who came off work in the middle of the night, and if the argument held good in regard to one, surely it should in regard to the other, and the houses would be kept open all the night long. Was it also a fact that Westgate, Birchington and Broadstairs had any wish for the kind of visitors who were so keen on drink up to 10.30 p.m. They were well aware that if 10.30 was fixed for Public Houses, it applied equally to clubs; but he would put it to the Magistrates that if they had a son who frequented a club; if they would not be easier if his drinking stopped at ten o'clock. he believed they got at the real public opinion when they brought such questions home to themselves. The question before the Magistrates was whether they had the requisite power, having fixed an hour at 10 p.m. to vary it as far as this year is concerned. It might have been easier if there had been a suggestion of a  compromise, but there had been no such suggestion put forward. He was not asking them to consider the interest of the Free Church Council. (Laughter.)  He was asking them to consider the public interest, which included the woman and children (hear, hear,) and the growing section of the working classes who were taking a different view of the consumption of alcoholic liquor.

Mr. Whyte, of the Kent County Temperance Federation, Maidstone, said there were many areas throughout the country which could be called industrial centres and not one of those had the 10.30 p.m. hour operating.

Mr. Mowll said that Mr. Holyoak had raised a point with more temerity than Mr. Scorer, who, presumably, should know more law (laughter.) He had asked if the Bench had any legal power to alter the existing hours, and the answer was that there was power under Section 12 of the Act of 1921.

Mr. Dolbear of the "Prince Louis," said that previous to the war, he worked down the Pier, and he was only too glad after 8 hours of work, to have the chance of a glass of beer. That privilege had been taken away now from the men who come off at 10 o'clock. At ten minutes to ten, first one bolted away and then another and then the "poor devils" got caught and got the sack, with the result that the wives and families had to suffer.

The magistrates were absent 20 minutes and on return the Mayor said: I have to inform you the Bench have granted the extensions until 10.30 (applause). It will take effect from next Monday, 8th March.

The Licensing Committee then sat and considered applications for new licenses, all from the Liberties. they are dealt with as follows:-

"Kingsgate castle Hotel," Kingsgate, St. Peter's renewed for five years; The "Links Hotel," Reading Street, Broadstairs, refused; The "Ingleton Hotel," Sea Road, Westgate-on-Sea, granted for a term of 3 years; Ivor Bungalow, Lymington Road, Westgate-on-Sea, off licence refused; Pitt's Stores, Linksfield Road, Westgate-on-Sea, off licence refused; and The "Stores," Northdown Hill, St. Peter's, off licence refused.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 11 June, 1926. Price 1d.


The transfer of the licence of the "Granville Restaurant" to Harry Barnett, late of the "Rose and Crown Hotel," Elham was confirmed.


From the Dover Express, Friday 20 August, 1926.

Special Sessions for the transfer of licences were held at the Dover Police Court on Friday, before Messrs. W. B. Brett, T. Francis, H. J, Burton, and S. Lewis, when the following transfers were made:-

Mr. Rutley Mowll said he had to apply for temporary authority in respect of the "Granville Restaurant," Sea Front. The licensee, Mr. Henry Barnett, he said, died intestate on the 14th July, and he was asking the Bench to grant temporary authority in favour of Mr. Barnett's daughter, Mrs. Henrietta Emma Crew who had been managing the premises for her father, and who was one of the prospective administrators.

The Bench granted the application.

Mr. Scorer, on behalf of Messrs Spiers and Pond, the licensees of the railway refreshment rooms, Harbour Station, applied for approval of alterations to the rooms. They were required, he said, for extra bonded Stores for H. M. Customs.

The application was granted.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 8 October, 1926. Price 1d.


The Bench declined to grant extensions from 10 till 11, for the harvest suppers at Worth and Littlebourne.


Kent & Sussex Courier 03 December 1926.


Before the Court opened, the Chairman announced that the annual general licensing sessions would be held on the first Tuesday in February.

The transfer of the Off-beer license at 40, Priory-road, Tonbridge, from A. J. Walder to S. W. Larking.