After Hours at the Fighting Cocks Pub

The Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday January 7 1859

Friday, January 7, 1859

CAUTION TO PUBLICANS

Mr. Allen Embleton Hunt, landlord of the Fighting Cock, at Wenden, was summoned by Superintendent Flood, for having his house open for the sale of beer and other drinks, at half-past one o clock on the morning of Christmas Day, otherwise than for travellers.

P.c. Lewis deposed that he was passing through Wenden, and being on duty, called at the Fighting Cocks, at the time stated, when he found 12 or 14 persons smoking and drinking in the tap-room, the majority were worse for drink, and very disorderly; there were three mugs on the table, each containing beer; one or two of the part asked him to drink; told the defendant he ought to have had his house closed at 12 o'clock; he said he quite forgot it; witness said it was half-past 1 o'clock when defendant replied, "you are not far out of the way," and turned the party out and cleared his house.

For the defence he attempted to show that the house was open on account of passengers down by the mail train, but the bench were decided, in their opinion, that they were persons of the neighbourhood.

The defendant had been previously convicted some months before of having his house open on the Sunday, and was now fined £2 and 10s. expenses; paid.