From the Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette - Thursday 07 May 1835: - At Petty sessions held yesterday at Chippenham, Mr. John Banks, of the Carpenter's Arms Inn, Lacock, was charged with an offence against the 9-2d section of the Poor Law Amendment Act, for carrying into the workhouse of that parish fermented liquors without the orders of the master (Mr. T. Shearn), and also for insulting Mr. S.'s wife. The offence having been clearly proved, the Magistrates intimated their intention of levying the full amount of fine (£10), but on Mr. Shearn's stating that he had no vindictive feeling towards Mr. Banks and he having promised to keep the pauper (for whom he had carried in the liquors), from being any further charge to the parish, and not to insult Mr. Shearn in future, Mr. Banks was discharged upon payment of costs.
John Rogers Banks was born in Bromham in 1786 baptised 28th Sept. son of John & Ann. He married Betty Long of Bromham in that parish, by license on 23rd June 1823, and they had at least 8, maybe 9 children born in Lacock: Ann (b.1824, bapt. 25th Oct.); John (b. 1830, bapt. 13th Oct.); Mary (b.1831); James & Betty (b.1832 bapt. 30th Sept.); James (b.1836, bapt. 30th Sept.); Elizabeth (b.1836, bapt. 5th June); Thomas (b.1838, bapt. 1st Apr.) and George (b.1840 bapt. 17th Jan. 1841). After leaving the Carpenter's Arms, John Banks senior moved to the Red Lion in Lacock High Street. John Banks Junior married Harrietta Susan Gray, in Calne in 1872 and became a brewer in Bromham. John senior died in 1857.
William Brinkworth, was born in 1817 and baptised 4th May, in Lacock, son of William Brinkworth and Ann Baker. William Brinkworth (sen.) died in August 1833. William junior married Harriett Melsom Grist in 1838. William was a draper living in Church Street with his wife and 2 children in 1841, whilst John Banks was running the pub. Altogether William and Harriett had at least 3 children: Edwin William (b.1839, bapt. 3rd May); Harriett Elizabeth (b.1841 bapt. 14th Feb) and Matilda (b.1843, bapt. 30th Jul.). William died on 14th Oct. 1877. On Thursday 29th Nov. 1877 the license was temporarily transferred to William's widow Mrs. H. Brinkworth.
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BRINKWORTH / Brewer & Spirit Merchant / LACOCK
Potter: Powell, Bristol. Image courtesy of private collection.