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From the Maidstone Assizes

14 March 1676.

48. Writs, venire facias, (a judicial writ directing the sheriff to summon a specified number of qualified persons to serve as jurors.)

John Checksfeild of East Peckham, victualler, at Maidstone, 27 July 1675, and returned by Sir John Cutler, sheriff.


From the Maidstone Assizes.

21 July 1676.

Before Thomas Twisden, J, and Thomas Jones, J.

138. Indictment of John Brett of Ashford, tailor, Humphrey Webb of Minster in Sheppey and John Chaxfeild of East Peckham for keeping an unlicensed tippling-house on 20 Feb. 1676.

(A Tippling-House is a house in which liquors are sold in drams or small quantities, to be drunk on the premises.)

[endorsed] True bill.


Southeastern Gazette, 15 February 1853. (Malling)

Petty Sessions, Monday. (Before J. W. Stratford, Esq., chairman, J. Savage, J. A. Wigan, W. Lee, J. Woodbridge, and M. H. Dalison, Esqrs., Capt. Randolph, and Sir F. J. Stapleton).

J. Rolf, a beer-shop keeper, at East Peckham, was charged with having his house open for the sale of beer at past ten o’clock on the 21st January.

Mr. Hilton said he went into the house at twenty minutes past ten o’clock at night, and there were several persons in the room and some beer in the pots. One man swore and took up the pot and drank.

The defendant said it was but twenty minutes past ten, and that there was no beer in the pots.

Fined 1, costs 16s. 6d.


Maidstone Telegraph, Saturday 11 September 1869.

Beer Houses.

Mr. Richard Stephens applied for a renewal of the beer licence to his house at East Peckham.

Mr. Rogers, of Tunbridge Wells, applied on behalf of Mr. Stephens, and Mr. W. S. Norton appeared to oppose on the part of Mr. Masters, of the "Fountain," and Mrs. Walter of the "Bush Inn."

Mr. Rogers in opening the case said that it was only a question of renewal, as a client had had the licence since the 1st of May. The house was built for the express purpose of a beer house. Applicant had laid out a considerable sum of money for the purpose and to be converted ultimately into a licensed house. The only question for the bench to consider was whether the person occupying the house was a good character, seeing the house had already a licence. He was licensed before the present Act of Parliament came in force on the 12th of July. They would therefore be pleased to grant the licence notwithstanding any opposition from two public houses in the neighbourhood. He will prove from witnesses that the house had every convenience, and the occupier of good character. Mr. Rogers then read the clause of the Act showing that the magistrates could not refuse the licence to the house if it already possessed one, that the house was convenient, and the applicant of good character.

A certificate of good character, signed by the rector of the church and others, was then handed up to the bench.

Thomas Webb was called and said that he knew the house kept by Mr. Stephens. The house belonged to Mr. Jude, of Wateringbury. He had made alterations to the house which cost between 200 and 300. The house had every accommodation for the sale of bear. The house contains four rooms upstairs and four rooms down. He was a man of great respectability.

Mr. Norton:- I do not intend to question the respectability of the applicant, or the rateable value of the house. I oppose on the ground that there are sufficient beer houses in the neighbourhood.

Mr. Webb, cross-examined by Mr. Norton:- There are two licensed Inns in the neighbourhood. One is about 100 rods from the applicants house. There are perhaps 15 or 20 licensed houses in the parish. I think 8 are spirit licences. The population I believe is a little over 2,000.

By Mr. Rogers:- Applicants house is situated at the corner of a three "went-way." There is a great deal of traffic on the way.

Thomas Jones was called, who proved the eligibility of applicants house for a beer licence.

Mr. Stephens deposed that Mr. Jude was his landlord. He had the house about the 20th of last May. He obtained a paper on the 1st of June, signed by the overseers, and went to the Excise Office, and a licence for the sale of beer was granted him.

This was the case for the applicant.

Mr. Norton said that he opposed on behalf of Mr. Masters of the "Fountain Inn," and Mrs. Walter, of the "Bush Inn," and on the part of the tenant farmers, and presented a memorial in opposition. He did not dispute the respectability of applicant nor the eligibility or rateability of his premises. He contended that there was sufficient beer houses in the neighbourhood. He thought the bench would agree with him that the passing of the Act by the Legislature they had the distinct object in view of limiting the number of beer houses which were an admitted evil, and for that reason placed the jurisdiction in the hands of the magistrates for their prohibition. He would therefore ask them to say whether another house in the vicinity of two licensed Inns in Wateringbury was necessary for the public benefit. The "Fountain" and "Bush Inn" were in the immediate neighbourhood of the applicants house and was sufficient for all the requirements in their locality.

The Bench after a brief consultation decided upon granting a renewal of the beer licence to applicant.


CENSUS 1841.

NORWOOD JOHN, "Little Mill", age 60, Publican.

KINGSBURY Jesse, Snoll Hatch, age 30, Publican.



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