Infringement of the Beer Act

The Cricketer's, St Albans

From the Herts Advertiser, 4th December 1858

Infringement of the Beer Act.

James William Graves, of “the Cricketers” beer shop, Snatchup’s Alley, St Peters , was charged with keeping his house open on Sunday morning, the 21st of November, for the sale of beer, during the hours of Divine Service, against the law so made and provided.

It appeared from the evidence adduced, that Inspector Pike, accompanied by Sergeant North, went to the house in question on the Sunday morning named, which they passed through into another cottage, occupied by a man called Bacon, the two communicating by an internal door; where they found four men and two boys with two empty pint pots, and one quart pot, the latter three parts full of beer. One of the men was named Harcourt, whom he had a warrant against for ill-treating his wife, and whom he took into custody.

Mrs Graves, who appeared for her husband, said she had not drawn any beer since Saturday night. She then called Mrs. Bacon, who swore her husband bought a gallon of beer of Mr Graves on the Saturday night, and the persons the police found in her house were her husband’s friends, to whom he gave some of the beer.

The BENCH said the cottage Bacon inhabited was added to and was part and parcel of the beer-shop, a licence for which could not be obtained without it, and what transpired there he (Graves) was liable for.

Fined 10s., and costs 13s., which was immediately paid.

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