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Earliest 1892-

Off License

Latest 1892+


Boughton Monchelsea


Kent & Sussex Courier, 30, September 1892.

An off-licence at Boughton Monchelsea.

Superintendent Holman objected to the renewal of an off-licence held by William Day at Boughton Monchelsea, on the same grounds as above, with an addition that the licence was not necessary for the requirements of the neighbourhood. The superintendent said that the licence was not renewed on licensing day because he had a report against Day. The summons had not been heard, but last Court it was dismissed.

Mr Ellis submitted that the Superintendent should only be heard on the ground stated on licensing day, when the transfer was adjourned, and that ground was that a summons for being taken out.

The Bench, however, decided to hear what Superintendent Holman had to say.

The Superintendent stated that the house in question was only about half a mile from the "Cock," Boughton, and in that half mile there are only about nine houses. It was also a little over a mile from the "Buffaloes' Head," in which distance there were only about 20 houses. He did not consider that the house was required. The renewal was opposed last year on the same grounds, but the bench renewed the licence in consequence of the number of fruit pickers in the neighbourhood.

Arguing in support of the renewal, Mr. A. J. Ellis said that he thought it was a great libel on Day to state that he was not a fit and proper person to hold a licence for the sale of intoxicating liquor, and to say that the house was frequented by thieves and prostitutes without any grounds. It was a scandalous thing to do, and he thought that the Superintendent should not be allowed to do such a thing. After other remarks on the necessity of the renewal, he called William Day, the applicant and after hearing is evidence, the bench granted the renewal.


I do know of a Post Office in Church Street, (2017) that is also an Off license, called "Best-One." This may well be one and the same as the above premises. Local knowledge required.


Best One off license 2017

Above Google image, June 2017.



DAY William 1892+


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