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Earliest 1870-


Latest 1876+

Victoria Street

Gillingham (New Brompton)


Said to be situated just two doors down from the "Rose." In the 1870s it continually applied for a spirit license, but as far as I am aware never managed to gain one.


Chatham News 27 August 1870.

Beer House Licenses

The following applications were refused:- the "Victoria," Victoria Street, New Brompton.


From the Rochester and Chatham Journal and Mid-Kent Advertiser, Saturday, September 2, 1876.

New Brompton.

The "Flower of Kent" and the "Victoria."

Mr. Hayward applied for a spirit licence for the "Flower of Kent," corner of Jeffrey Street, New Brompton (Mr. Howard.) He represented that it was many years since a new licence had been granted in New Brompton, but in previous years his clients application had been prejudiced by the fact of an application coming from another house, the "Victoria." As, however, there was no one present therefore apply for the "Victoria," he supposed Mr. Sinclair considered he had a bad case, and their worships could therefore have no hesitation in according to Mr. Howard's application. The "Flower of Kent" was a suitable house for a licence that was 350 feet from the nearest house already licensed. It was exactly in the centre of a very large population. Mr. Hayward handed in an influentially-agreed petition, amongst the signatures to which were those of the churchwardens and overseers and the Chairman and New Brompton members of the Board of Health. He had, he said, very great difficulty in restraining the whole of the memoralities from coming up in a body to urge the case (laughter); but as that would look very much like pressure, the magistrates could no doubt fully understand why he prohibited them from coming (renewed laughter.)

Mr. G. Winch (who entered the court while Mr. Hayward was speaking) said he regretted he was not there at the outset but he attended to supply for a licence for the "Victoria" (laughter).

Mr. S. Hibberd of the "Railway Tavern" opposed Mr. Haywards application. He said his house was only a minute and a half's walk from Mr. Howards, and there were three other houses each within 2 minutes walk of it. The neighbourhood had not increased since last year. The reason he had not employed a solicitor was that trade was so bad he could not afford to pay one (a laugh).

Mr. Winch then made his application for the "Victoria." He said it was the Eighth time the application had been made.

Mr. Hayward:- That shows you have a bad case (laughter).

Mr. Winch said it was no such thing; his client felt the justice of his application and therefore he persisted in it. Mr. Hayward had prided himself in his influentially signed petition, but on looking at a memorial he (Mr. Winch) held he found it was signed by many of the very same gentleman (laughter). The house was in the neighbourhood of a new railway line which is under construction. He handed in a photograph of the house.

The Clerk (Mr. G. H. Knight):- I think it is almost photographed on the minds of the bench.

Mr. Winch, anticipating opposition from the the "Rose," which is two doors from his clients, said the house was very much like the dog in the manger. It never could have a possible chance of getting a licence itself, and it did not even apply for one, but yet it came there and suppressed the "Victoria." Mr. Bassett, who had lately had opportunity of improving his knowledge of the locality, would doubtless know that the house was not at all suited for a licence. If their worships could licence both the "Flower of Kent" and the "Victoria" he would be gratified, but if they considered there only room for one he submitted that his house was the better of the two.

Mr. Bassett said he appeared to oppose the application in behalf of the "Rose" beer house, in Victoria Street. The "Victoria" was only one door off from his clients and there were but 60 houses in the street, while at the end of the street was Mr. Hibbard's and 100 yards off the "Halfway House." Eight times the application had been refused; the bench had giving it their mature consideration year after year and had started that there was no need of a licence. The line which had been alluded to was merely a government one direct from the main line to the dockyard and he could not see how it would affect anybody unless an engine driver chose to stop his train and go half a mile away for a glass of liquor (laughter). He was rather surprised the churchwardens should sign so many of these memorials, but they no doubt did it from good nature. Not one house had been built in Victoria Street since last year, and there was really no need for another licence. Mr. Winch had said that he (Mr. Bassett) knew more of the locality lately; he thanked Mr. Winch for mentioning that, and he gave it as his opinion that the locality did not want another licence (laughter.)

Mr. Hibbard opposed this application also. He said really there is no traffic down the street except with brick carter. In winter time it was nothing but up mass of mud and people could not get down it. There was no stabling to the "Victoria." There was not business enough for one house, much less for half a dozen.

The magistrates, after a brief deliberation, refused both applications.




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