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Article from Northampton Mercury dated Saturday 27th September 1879
License Refused to William Croxon, 1879

The last application was by Mr Rawlins, for an in-door beer license for Thomas Croxon of Burton Latimer. Mr Henry appeared for the Rev. T.B. Newman, rector of Burton Latimer, to oppose the application, and Mr Toller opposed on behalf of the directors and trustees of the Burton Latimer Building Society.

Applicant stated that a considerable amount of building had been going on near his house recently. The nearest in-door license was 300 yards off. A large number of workmen went on the road past his house to Finedon furnaces. A memorial in favour of the application having been put in, Mr Toller asked applicant if any of those who had signed it were owners of property?

Applicant: Mr Thomas Ball is an owner of property

Mr Toller: Do you know he has signed the memorial against granting a license.

Applicant: (pointing to license): He has signed here too.

Mr Henry said the testimony of the inhabitants of Burton Latimer was emphatically against the granting of the license. The population at the last census was 1,280, and there might have been 30 cottages built since, but not all these were occupied. A great number of ironstone and limestone labourers passed the applicant's establishment, but they also passed the Duke's Arms. There were five in-door beer licenses already, one to every 200 of the population, including children. He held a memorial against the application signed by the rector of the parish, the vicar of Finedon, (an owner of property in the neighbourhood), the curate, overseers, churchwardens and two Nonconformist ministers in Burton.

William Braybrooke having attested that all the signatures to the memorial were those they purported to be, Mr Toller said the Burton Latimer Building Society objected to the license because it would depreciate property in the neighbourhood, and would be likely to interfere with the useful work the society was doing in the parish.

The application was refused - The court then rose after having sat for seven-hours-and-a-half - from eleven until half-past-six.

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