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BARTON John 1596:- John Barton of Chislet, victualler, in 20, to appear; surety, Thomas [ - ] of the same, yeoman. (Possibly the "Bell.")


Kentish Gazette, 18 March 1851.


Saturday, March 15. (Before W. Delmar and G. M. Taswell, Esqs, and the Rev J. Hilton.)

Thomas Daniels, beer-shop keeper, parish of Chislett, was charged by Superintendent William Walker, with having his house open for the sale of beer, on Sunday, 9th March, before half-past 12 o'clock in the day.

Fined 1, and 13s. 6d costs.

He was again charged by Superintendent W. Walker, with having refused him admittance to his home on Sunday, 9th March. Daniels seeing the Superintendent coming immediately shut and fastened the door. Pleaded guilty, and was fined the mitigated penalty of 1, and 15s. 6d. costs.

(We hope the above will be a caution to licensed victuallers and beer-shop keepers.)


Kentish Gazette, 5 August 1851.

Petty Sessions. Home Division of St Augustine's.

Saturday, August 2nd.

(Before E. Fass, Esq., (chairman," William Delmar, Esq., G. M. Taswell, Esq., T. M. McKay , Esq., William Hyder, Esq., and the Rev. J. Hilton.

Thomas Daniels, of Chislett, who has a licence to sell beer off the premises, was fined 1 and 15s. 6d. costs for keeping his house open for the sale of beer, after 10 o'clock on the 26th ult, on the complaint of Superintendent Walker. It was a second offence, and the defendant made the same excuse, namely, that he was treating a few customers to some beer, on their paying their bills for pork and wood.

John Laker, of Herne, was fined 1s. and 14s. 6d. costs, for a similar offence, though of a less aggravated nature.

After the transaction of some important business, the Court broke up.


Kentish Gazette, 17 January 1854.


Gambling in a Public House.

(Befors T. H. Mackey. Esq., and F. J. Percival, Esq.)

Thomas Bean, licensed victualler, of the parish of Chislett, appeared to answer an information preferred against him by Superintendent Walker, charging him with having, on the 2nd of January last, permitted gaming with cards in his house, contrary to the tenor of his license. The defendant pleaded guilty, and urged that he was not at home at the time.

The Superintendent was asked to explain the circumstance, when he stated that from information he had received, it appeared that a number of persons went into the defendants house on the 2nd instant, when the cards were called for and produced: at first they played for pints of beer only, and ultimately for 6 pints. It was in the afternoon.

Defendant:- It being a snowy day the men had nothing to do, and my wife gave them the cards in order to afford them a little amusement.

Mr. Mackay:- But you know it is wrong; we cannot allow such a practice to prevail.

Defendant:- I have had the house 20 years, and this is the first complaint that has been brought against me.

The Superintendent was sorry to say that a great many public-houses kept cards.

Defendant:- I thought the statement in the licence meant about betting and the like.

The Bench:- You could not have thought that; however, as this is your first offence, we fine you 10s., and 32s. costs.



From the Kentish Chronicle, 2 July, 1864.


Finch, keeper of a beer-house in Chislett, was summoned for selling beer during prohibited hours on the Sunday previous. Sergt, Gower stated that on Sunday morning between the hours of 10 and 12, he was on duty near the defendant's house, which is situate a short distance from the high-road, and partly secluded by trees and other foliage, when he saw a girl carrying a basket coming from the Inn. He examined the contents and found therein a jug of beer. Finch admitted he had supplied the beer, but urged that he was asked to do so for a sick man.

A magistrate:- Is beer considered a good medicine in your part?

Defendant: Many are glad to take it, as they can't get anything else to do them so much good.

Fined 6d., costs 10s. 6d.


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