17th February 1890 - 'stormy scenes' over sale of alcohol on Sundays

Drunkards Progress On 17th February 1890, there were ‘stormy scenes’ in the Salisbury Council Chamber. T J Northey reports that:

There was a stormy scene at the Council Chamber, on the 17th February, 1890, at a meeting held under the auspices of the Central Association for the Stopping of the Sale of Intoxicating Liquors on Sundays.

The chair was occupied by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese, but the meeting was so disorderly, and it was so utterly impossible for the speakers to obtain a hearing that his lordship declared the meeting closed, and vacated the chair.

The bishop’s place was immediately taken by Mr. W. C. Wells ; and Mr. George Hicks, of the Traders’ Defence Association, moved a resolution to the effect that in the opinion of the meeting the compulsory closing of public-houses on the Sunday would be an infringement of the rights and liberties of the producing classes of the country.

The motion was seconded by the chairman, and carried, and the meeting soon after broke up[1]

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[1] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., 1897. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.