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Beer Trade Protection Society minute book

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS1183
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Beer Trade Protection Society minute book
Date(s): 1854 - 1866
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Beer Trade Protection Society
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Beer Trade Protection Society represented 41,000 "beershops" and 89,000 public houses in England. The Society was based in London and was mainly concerned with the sale of beer and ale within the capital. The Society had a number of functions. It was a political lobbying group but also cared for retired or distressed inn-keepers and their dependents. The Society was particularly concerned with defending the Beerhouse Act of 1830, which exempted the sale of beer from the need to be licensed by a justice. This provision of the Act was under constant pressure from temperance groups.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript minutes of the committees of the Society. Includes monthly meetings, and the Parliamentary Committee. Also includes printed minutes of annual general meetings, financial statements, reports of select committees into the licensing system, correspondence with Sir George Gray, Home Secretary, letters from inn-keepers requesting help with magistrates' cases, details of campaigns to resist the temperance movement.

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Conditions governing access:

Open for research although at least one working day's notice should be given.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by Special Collections Reading Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

This description is the only finding aid.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bought by Senate House Library from a dealer.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Part of the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature.

The archives of the National Licensed Victuallers Association and its predecessors are held at the London Metropolitan Archives.

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