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NEWENT ADJ BURNED LICENSING SESSIONS. I YESTERDAY (THURSDAY). Before Mr T H Hi.ils (in the chair), Messrs E E Evans, J L Stelfox, and C Ackers. There were five objections to licenses, all in Newent, viz., The Anchor Inn, The Bull, The Nag's Head, The New Inn, and The Plough. THE NEW INN, The case of the New Inn was first taken, Mr A Lionel Lane appearing on behalf of the owners, the Stroud Brewery Co., Ltd., and the tenant, Mr Thomas. D.C.C. Harrison said the distance from the New Inn to Nag's Head was 265 yards, to the Plough 354 yards, to the Red Lion 3e5 yards, to the Anchor 240 yards, and to the Kings' Arms 200 yards. He gave particulars of the accommoda- tion and said there had been no conviction for the last five years, and two transfers had taken place during that period. In the Newent light- ing area there were four ale-houses, five beer- houses (on), one beer-house (off), and two grocers' licenses. The population of the Newent lighting area was about 1,600. By Mr Lane He did not know that through- out the county the proportion was one license to 140 persons. The population of the parish of Newent was 2,485. The New Inn was the least congested house in the town. If this license were done away with there would be a street 554 yards long without a public-house. The sanitary arrangements were good. Improvements had been made in the premises during recent years. Sergt. Clutterbuck corroborated the evidence of D.C.C. Harrison, and added that the house was fairly well frequented. By Mr Lane The class ef custom was rather low class, some not being very respectable. There was no room for waggons to draw up, and consequently they did not allow them to draw up there. He knew the tenant .followed no other occupation and made a good living, and conducted the house-very well. In his opinion it was not required. By the Bench The people living on each side of the house used it, and the people from the alitishomises -fetch,.d'beer from there. This closed the case against the renewal of the license. Thouuis Edward Thomas, tenant of the New Inn, said be had been there nearly two years. He followed no other occupation, and msde a good living. He had let rooms to lodgers. W J J Cook, baker, Broad-street, said he had known the house all his life, and he considered it was a necessity in their street. Similar evidence was given by Harry Eaves, grocer, Broad-street, and Francis Chamberlain, market gardener, Broad-street. Mr Lane then addressed the Beneh, and said his case was considerably strengthened by the frank admissions of the police as to the trade done aud the condition of the house. THE BULL INN. The objection to the license of the Ball Inn was then Laki-n, Mr Lane again appearing for the owners, Messrs. Arnold Perrett and Co, Ltd, and the tenant Mr F Smith. D.C.C. Harrison said the distance from the Bull to the George was 66 yards, to the Black Dog 190 yards, to the Red Lion 35 yards, to the Nag's head 80 yards, to Mr Thurston's shop (grocers' license), 28 yards, and Mr Warner's shop (grocers' license) 28 yards. He gave particulars of the accommodation. The sanitary arrangements were fair, but the back was dark and badly ventilated. There was stabhng for seven or eight horses, but it was seldom used. There were two cottages which opened straight on to the Jicensed premises. There had been three transfers during the past five years, but no conviction. The house was extensively used on market days (fortnightly). Seigt Clutterbuck corroborated as to the distance from other licensed houses, and said that a fair trade was done at the Bull on market day. There was not a lot done other days. Cross-examined by Mr Lane He did not con- sider that this house did the best trade in Newent on the market day. Fred Smith, the landlord, gave evidence to the effect that he had doubled the business since he had been at the Bull-about 12 months. Thomas A Curtis, representative of the firm of Arnold, Perrett and Co, gave particulars of the trade done at the house during recent years, which showed a remarkable increase during the past 12 months. Mr Lane addressed the Bench and said that the graac increase in the amount of trade was the best evidence that the licence was required. THE PLOUGH. I D.C.C. Harrison gave the distances from the Nag's Head 89 yards, Red Lion 129, New Inn 354. He described the accommodation in the various rooms. The sanitary arrangements were too near the back door. There was stabling room for two horses. There had been no conviction during the past five years. Most of the customers were of the working class, and the house was situated close to a common lodging house. Cross-examined by Mr Peicy Haddock, of Cheltenham, who appeared on behalf of the licensee, witness said that there had been no conviction with regard to the house. It was the last house out of Newent leading to Huntley. The house was not quite so clean as it might have been when he visited it. Serge. Clutterbuck corroborated the evidence of the previous witness. The customers from the lodging house were catered for in a separate room. The bar trade was a respectable trade. Cross-examined by Mr Haddock I should say that the amount of trade done at the house was as much as that at any other house in the town. Albert Fletcher, the licensee, said he made a good living at the house and did no other work. He produced a statement showing that during the past three years he had had a very substantial turnover. He also produced a petition signed by 166 customers asking that the license should be renewed. H G Lyne, manager for the Cheltenham branch of Messrs Flower and Sons, Ltd., the owners of the house, said that the average value of ale and stout supplied during the past three years was XZ14 Os 9d. Last year it was 9532 13s. That was far above the average for a beerhouse. F Parr, a director of Messrs Flower and Co., gave evidence of the expenditure of £ 131 19s 9d in improvements in the house after suggestions were made by the Bench some time ago. Mr Haddock addressed the Bench, and said that the great increase in the amount of trade done at the house was the best proof that the license was needed. THE ANCHOR. I D.C.C. Harrison gave partiaufers as to the distances from other licensed houses and dimen- sion of the rooms. There was ample room for lodgers. There was stabling for two horses. No conviction had been recorded during the past five years. Mr H W Orme for the licensee, cross-exam- ined witness, who said that it would be dangerous to the public if teams were drawn up in the road- way in front of the house. Sergt Clutterbuck corroborated the last wit- ness's evidence. He did not think the house was required. Cross-examined by Mr Orme I should say a fair amount of trade is done there. Mrs Goodway, wife of the licensee, put in a petition which in a week had been signed by 138 customers who visited her house, in favour of the renewal of the license. The licensee, James Goodway, next gave evidence, and said he did a respectable class trade at the bouse. He made a living out of the business. C H Bastow, member of the firm of Messrs. Lane Bros and Bastow, gave evidence of the average barrelage supplied. When he called on a surprise visit recently he was greatly surprised to see so many carters and such like call at the house and have ale and bread and cheese. Arthur Savage, stationmaster at Newent, said that he considered the license was necessary. A large number of people came from the Redmarly district to the station with teams, and there was no licensed house between Newent and Red- marley. James Parry, representative of Lane Bros and Bastow, produced a petition signed by 29 farmers in the Redmarley district in favour of the continuance of the license. Evidence in favour of the license was given by E C Foid (fruit grower), Henry Nash (grocer), Frank Jenkins (blacksmith), aad W Perkins (Sandy Way). Mr Orme addressed the Bench at some length and spoke of the close proximity of The Anchor to the station. The license was an absolute necessity because people were entitled to reason- able refreshment. The amount of trade was the best criterion as to whether the house was wanted or not. THE NAGS' HEAD. Mr Frank Tressure, junr., (Gloucester), appeared for the licenses (Charles J Dee). In his evidence D.C.C. Harrison admitted that the Dooms at the Nags Head were roomy and very lofty, but the house was very close to four other houses. When he visited the house he did not find the rooms downstairs so clean as they might have been. The licensee gave evidence and said he made a good living at the house. Samuel Millard, district manager for Messrs Ind, Coope and Co., said the trade had increased during the past three years. The Bench retired and on their return the Chairman said :-The magistrates have unani- mously decided to refer all these five licenses to the Compensation Authority.




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