selection of Pub & Brewing related material.
In 1829 R H & Bowman
were selling stout at 80 St Giles Street, Norwich.
A typical brewing
10 dozen bottles of sherry
sold in 1841 by Joseph Geldart at the
discounted price of 4 shillings a bottle.
PIN = 36 pints = 4.5 gallons
FIRKIN = 72 pints = 9 gallons
KILDERKIN = 144 pints = 18 gallons
BARREL = 288 pints = 36 gallons
HOGSHEAD = 432 pints = 54 gallons
BUTT = 864 pints = 108 gallons
TUN = 1728 pints = 216 gallons
It was reported in the Norfolk Chronicle of 3rd March 1786 that a
coal-porter in Pimlico, London had untaken a wager of 5 Guineas to drink a BUTT
of porter within 21 hours. He had on a previous occasion, at the Swan,
Hammersmith, drunk 21 quarts of pale porter in one hour and twenty-one
The outcome of the attempt has yet to be discovered.
At the Kings Lynn Brewster Sessions, Monday 12th February 1912 it was
confirmed that following the recent declaration that penny-in-the-slot
machines were illegal, all such machines had been removed from licensed
houses in the borough.
CASK ALE =
Beer allowed to mature by secondary fermentation in the cask ( Barrel ).
Either served from a tap on the container or via a bar mounted suction
pump ( Hand pump ) Known by some as Real Ale.
KEG BEER =
Filtered and pasteurised and stored in barrels pressurised with either
nitrogen or carbon dioxide. Usually served chilled.
In September 1889. an un-named inventor claimed to have perfected the
process of turning champagne, sherry, brandy and whisky into a powder.
When diluted with water they made excellent wines and spirits with all
the delights of intoxication without inebriety. A quart of the strongest
whisky could be drunk without any ill effect.
Six gallons of beer sold in 1842
for 6 shillings. ( 1½d a pint )
TRADE PRICES in 1881
1 gallon of brandy for 24/-
1 gallon of rum for 16/6d
and 1 gallon of gin for 15/6d
Sold in measures of 1/6th gill ( 192/gallon)
That is about 1½d for the brandy and 1d for a tipple of rum or gin.
For the period Midsummer 1748 to Midsummer 1749 the Excise on Beer and
Ale amounted to £1,385,420, some £200,000 more than the previous year.
The Retail Beer Act of 1838 fixed week-day opening hours for the period
10th October to 6th April to be from Six in the Morning to Ten in the
Evening. For the remaining part of the year from Five in the Morning to
Eleven in the Evening. On Sundays houses were restricted to open between
One and Two-thirty in the Afternoon and between Five and Ten in
the Evening. The same on Good Friday, Christmas Day or any other day
appointed for Public Thanksgiving.
The 1853 Betting Act made it illegal for any license holder to a).
suffer any gaming or unlawful game to be held on his premises or b).
open, keep, or use his premises in contravention of the said act, or
suffer his premises to be
opened, kept, or used in contravention of the said act.
A first offence would be liable to a fine not exceeding £10 for each
offence. Each subsequent offence would suffer a fine not exceeding £20.
In 1971 Watney Mann were running 8 breweries and almost 6,000 pubs
throughout the UK.
1860 the Burnham Foundry of Creak & Colby provided Wines &
See the FOUNDRY
In 1928 the
equipment to return beer to the barrel was
seemingly an essential money saving item.
Under Edward VI, in 1552, licensed victuallers were required to
appear before two Justices at
the quarter sessions in order to certify their behaviour. Licence renewal could be refused if
the conduct of the house fell short of expectations.
By 1753 a register of licensees ( Recognizances ) was to be
presented to the Justices at annual Brewster Sessions, held in
September. (Alehouse Recognizances existed from at least the
The Retail Beer Act of 1824 gained Royal Assent in June 1824 and
came into effect on 5th July. Under the act any Brewer, retailing
beer from his premises, to be consumed elsewhere, was to pay Five
Guineas per annum, payable 10th October. War duties on beer, wine
and spirit were removed, but other duties remained. Any
house valued at under £20 a year would be charged One Guinea for a
Brewers were not allowed to sell Table Beer in the same shop as
Strong Beer. Brewers were not allowed to mash less than two quarters
of malt at each brewing and were not entitled to renew their
licence, unless they paid duty for 100 barrels a year. Brewers were
not to retail beer except between the hours of six in the morning
and nine in the evening, nor during divine service on Sundays.
Persons prevented from keeping a common inn by conviction could not
take out a retail brewers licence.
The Acts passed by Charles II, prohibiting the loan of brewing
utensils, were repealed.
Wholesale Brewers were allowed one barrel in twelve, duty free.
Retail brewers were not given any allowance for waste.
At the Sessions for the County, Wednesday 22nd February 1823, the
Chairman Mr. Henry Dover, called for the attention of the Jury, to
the subject of Beer-houses. `Which he observed were public
nuisances, from becoming the receptacles of drunken and dissolute
persons and where crimes are planned. it was not for him to say
whether the Legislature would think it advisable to make any
alteration to the existing laws, but all persons, particularly the
Magistracy, were called upon to exert themselves to put the
provisions of the present Act in force; by compelling such houses to
be shut during divine service, and to be closed at ten o'clock at
night; and it should be understood, for the information of the
public, as well as keepers of such houses, that though the doors
were closed, if there were persons in the houses at, or after the
times mentioned, it amounted to keeping the house open contrary to
the Act and subjected the parties to penalties.'
Acts passed between 1828 and 1830 removed all control from the
Justices and many beer houses appeared.
The Beer Act passed 15th August 1834 required Commissioners of
Excise to issue licenses for the sale of beer or cider, but not
to be drunk in the house or premises, unless the certificate of
good character of the applicant could be sworn by six respectable
parishioners. ( Each rated at no less than six pounds )
The same Act allowed billeting of soldiers on licensed premises,
but only if an `on' licence was held. Also the Justices of the Peace
were to fix, once a year, at some time between 20th August and 14th
September the hours at which licensed houses could trade. In no case
was this to be before five in the morning or after eleven at night;
or before one o'clock in the afternoon on a Sunday, Good Friday,
Christmas Day, or any Fast or Thanksgiving Day.
The 1834 Act allowed police to enter premises whenever they thought
fit and refusal of admission was liable to a fine of £5. A second
such offence was liable to a conviction leading to the prevention of
selling beer etc., for a period up to 2 years.
A Certificate was NOT REQUIRED for any house in London and
Westminster, nor any town or city with a population exceeding 5,000,
NOR within the distance of one mile from the last polling place for
Members of Parliament.
Under Queen Victoria, in 1840, no house with a rateable yearly value
under £8 could be granted a licence to sell beer. Proof of rateable
value had to be presented to the clerk of the peace.
14th October 1847 - A bill came into force prohibiting any public
house, or place of amusement, from remaining open after midnight on
a Saturday or to open before 30 minutes after noon on a Sunday, or
to open before termination of divine service on a Sunday, Christmas
Day, Good Friday or any day appointed for public fast or
thanksgiving, under a penalty not exceeding £5. ( Sale to
travellers was exempt. )
15th July 1869 - The Beer Act made alterations to the laws regarding
the sale of beer, cider and wine. Hitherto it had been permitted to
grant a licence for a beerhouse, without any requirement as to the
personal fitness of the applicant.
From the above date the justices of the peace could only issue
licenses at the annual licensing day or at special sessions and
satisfactory evidence of good character of the applicant must be
given. Evidence of unruly behaviour at the house, or of being
frequented by prostitutes or persons of bad character would result
in refusal of licence. The police were given powers to enter any
beerhouse and should there be any drinking of beer at any time
outside of legal hours, irrespective of the culprit being a lodger
or otherwise, a penalty of 40s could be imposed. Any person, other
than a servant or inmate, discovered on the premises outside of
legal drinking hours would also be liable of a fine of 40s each.