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Beer Retailers



Maidstone Gazette and Kentish Courier.8 Secember 1835.


On Tuesday afternoon last, a man named Still, aged about seventy years, went into a beer-shop at Hever, near Sevenoaks, where he met with two women and a man. After some conversation, one of the women boasted that she could drink a quart of beer in two minutes, if any one would give it to her. The landlady consequently gave a quart, which she drank within the time, and also drank another quart given her by another person, and a pint given her by Still immediately afterwards. The party then inquired the way to Edenbridge, the old man told them, and said that he was shortly going that way. The man and one woman started, leaving the woman who had drank the beer, apparently in a fit. The old man went shortly afterwards, was joined by the woman, and walked with her till they overtook the man and the other woman sitting by the road-side. They all proceeded together, then Still turned off the road to go to his home by foot-path, when the party followed him, beat him on the head with a bludgeon, till he was nearly senseless, and robbed him of the three sovereigns, and about seven shillings. They were afterwards apprehended at Riverhead, at about ten o'clock on the same night, and fully committed for trial on the next morning.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 19 August 1874.

Hever. Selling Beer in a Cricket Field Without a Licence.

Thomas Chantler, beerhouse keeper, of Hever, was summoned for selling beer in a cricket field at Hever, on 25th July, without having a licence to do so, and Edward Ing was summoned for aiding and abetting in the said offence.

P.C. Baker stated that on the 25th ult. he went into a field belonging to the Rev. G. Morley, where a cricket match was being played and he saw beer brought into the field in large bottles by Mr. Chandler; he also saw Mr. Card, a farmer of Hever, go to Mr. Chantler and heard him ask for a pint of beer. Mr. Chantler said, "I have nothing to do with a beer you must go to Ned." Mr. Card then went to the defendant Ing, asked for the beer, and was served by him. This was the only case witness brought although there were plenty of respectable men their drinking. Witness asking Ing the same evening what authority he had to sell beer, but he would not say. Witness saw money pass, but he could not say what money was given by Mr. Card to Ing. On the following Sunday witness ask Mr. Chantler if he had a licence to sell beer in the cricket field, and he said he had not. He (witness,) said he thought it was very foolish of him.

By Superintendent Dance:- I should think I saw 50 person serve with beer. The last order I heard was for 9 quart pots. Mr. Chantler was very abusive when witness served the summons, and told him he was no man, and had been for a long time looking out for him.

Cross-examined by Chantler:- I did not call you an ignorant fool. When you said I was no man, I replied that I was. I drank once with Mr. Card.

By the Bench:- I generally ask on the spot whether the defendant has a licence, and he has called to me and showed me his on previous occasions.

William ard, said that two of his boys were playing cricket, and he was there about 5 o'clock, and paid for some beer which he received off Ing. His boys spoke to Mr. Chantler about it, and they both had beer from Ing.

By Superintendent Dance:- I did not speak to Chantler about the beer.

Cross-examined by defendant:- There were from 15 to 20 persons present beside the players.

Defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge. He said the match was between the labourers of Falconhurst and the labourers of Hever, and he told them that as he had no licence to sell in the field they must enter the house for what my required, and pay for it in the evening. He had done the same thing before, and if Lord Hardinge did not mind speaking about it, he could confirm him in what he was about to states, viz., that he had taken out beer for the shooters and beaters which they had ordered beforehand, and paid for on the same evening, or when it suited them. He had never thought any harm of that, nor did he have this. He nearly brought the beer on the ground, and left each man to help himself. As for Ing, he was no servant of his, and he merely helped himself as the others did.

The Bench discharged Ing, but fined Chantler 38s. including cost, reminding him that he was liable to a fine of 50, or 6 months' imprisonment.


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