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Licensing Act 1904 Notice of meetings to discuss by the Compensation authority

During the early part of the 20th century, and in particu;ar between 1904 and the first world war in 1914, a series of measures were executed where too many public houses were spoiling a neighbourhood, according to the temperance movement. This led to the Licensing Act in 1904; which allowed Notice by the way of a Compensation authority to close down licensed premises for a fee, or compensation. This provision of the 1904 Act was carried forward into the Licensing (Consolidation) Act of 1910.

One of the best sources of information is found in newspapers. I have worked through many years of the London Evening Standard which list many of those which were at notice of closure. Further research in newspapers will often discuss each closure and the amounts paid. Here are a few pages of public houses, and beer houses affected by this.

London Evening Standard 2nd day of July 1906
London Evening Standard 28 October 1908
London Evening Standard 27 October 1909
London Evening Standard 22 June 1910
London Evening Standard 14 June 1911
London Evening Standard 3rd July 1912
London Evening Standard 15th July 1913
London Evening Standard 1st July 1914

Of note are beer houses noted as ante 1869. These refer to beer licenses purchased before the Beer 1869 act, i.e. pertaining to the beer act of 1830. The beer act of 1830 allowed anybody to sell beer from their premises for a fee of two guineas every year. The later act in 1869, added the need to proerly license any house to sell beer at the magistrates. The earlier licensed properties could continue as previous.

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