During the 1700 and 1800’s inns and public houses were not only drinking establishments but were places where the business of villages, towns and cities was conducted. Manorial courts, coroner’s courts, quarter and petty sessions were all held in these premises as there were no purpose built buildings to hold these sessions and landlords had large rooms for gatherings that they were willing to have used for the purpose, after all such administrative affairs were thirsty business. Inns, public houses and alehouses were, at this time, at the centre of much of the social life of the period.
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