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The evils of Drink in 1800s Hebburn.
Posted by N44 on October 4, 2019, 6:32 pm
The Magistrates' Clerk intimated that petitions against the granting of further licenses at Hebburn had been received by the Hebburn branch of the British Women's Temperance Society and by Hebburn Blue Ribbon Army, - The bench retired to consider the applications, and the following report submitted by Supt. Scott:- I beg to report for your information that there are 26 public houses, 5 beer-houses, 18 beer shops, 6 spirit dealers, and 5 beer dealers in the east division of Chester Ward, being a total of 60 places where intoxicating liquors were sold. One publican has been convicted of permitting drunkeness, and one beer-shop keeper has been twice fined for allowing drink to be consumed on his premises contrary to his license. 525 persons have been proceeded against for the offence of drunkeness and drunk and disorderly. In the Hebburn Local Board district, where most of the drunkeness occurs, there are 6 public-houses, 12 beer-shops, 6 spirit dealers, and 5 beer dealers. The public-houses and beer-shops with one exception (referred to above) have been conducted in an orderly manner during the year. The cause of what appears to be an excessive amount of drunkeness at Hebburn Quay are the homes conducted by the spirit and beer dealers, eleven in number, which are very much in excess of the requirements of the locality. A spirit dealer cannot sell a less quantity than a reputed quart (2 Pints). A beer dealer cannot sell in less quantities than 4 ½ gallons (36 pints) or two dozen reputed quarts or four dozen reputed pints, all to be consumed off the premises. I have good reasons for believing that with very few exceptions the spirit and beer dealers at this place sell very little drink in accordance with the tenor of the license, but carry on a large retail trade with consumption on the premises in defiance of the law, which protects them in a special manner by preventing them being visited by the police. With very few exceptions they are all persons disqualified from holding the magistrates' certificate owing to their previous characters, and men are frequently seen going into these houses sober, and coming out in a short time after in a state of drunkeness. - The Chairman, after the magistrates had returned, into court, said they had carefully considered every one of the cases separately and discussed them fully, and had decided to refuse them all. With the exception of those on “the black list,” the whole of the other licenses would be renewed. - The Sessions were then adjourned.
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