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1961 : Publicans welcome new betting laws

Publicans welcome the new laws

MITCHAM publicans welcome the new betting and gaming laws allowing small bets to be placed on bar games.

But some point out that it merely makes legal something that OH been going on for years.

Licensee of the Red Lion, Colliers Wood, Mr. Frank Clements, said this week: “I am all for it. We will now be able to organise whist drives and housey-housey for money.

“What I do think is ridiculous is that you can’t place a bet on a horse in the bar. To do that you have to go outside.”

Licensee of the Beehive, Commonside East, Mitcham, Mr. A. Pays, said it would clear up a lot of underhand practices.

Mr. William Lewis of the White Hart thinks it will make little difference to his customers. “What I am against,” he said “are the one arm bandits (slot machines).”

source: Mitcham News & Mercury, 6th January, 1961, page 1.

Aeronaut becomes licensee of White Hart

Derby Daily Telegraph – Monday 22 September 1890


Mr. William John Harris, the present occupier, sought to have the license of the White Hart hotel, Upper-green, Mitcham, transferred from himself to Capt. William Dale, the well-known aeronaut. The chairman asked the incoming tenant whether it was his intention to give exhibitions of ballooning at the house.

Captain Dale : No, sir.
Dr. Carpenter: Because it stands to reason that when you are up in the air you cannot be attending to your business.
Captain Dale : No, sir.
Dr. Carpenter : Then the license will be transferred to you on condition that you will not practise ballooning there, whatever you may do elsewhere.

The transfer was effected.

Note: it is not known whether he was related to the Dale family in Mitcham that ran various pubs.