Isle of Wight Observer – August 30, 1879
Monday was the annual licensing day at the Ryde Borough Police-court. Superintendent Burt submitted his annual report and stated that there was no difference in the number of licensed houses in the borough since his report last year. There were 64 public houses, two beerhouses licensed to sell beer not to be consumed on the premises, ten houses licensed under the Wine and Beer House Act of 1869 and 1870, and 23 wine licenses; total 99. These houses, with one exception, had been well conducted. – The licenses were all renewed the only fresh application being made by Mr Thomas White, on behalf of Messrs Gibbs and Gurnell, who wished for a license to sell sweets by retail. Through some informality in serving the notices, the hearing of this application was adjourned. – The Mayor reminded those keeping licensed houses that one person had been fined for serving a man who was intoxicated, and hoped that it would be a caution to all of them. The police had strict orders to watch all licensed houses for those who served drunken persons.