Leeds Mercury - Tuesday 08 October 1901 - A Methley landlord and his wife
OLD BAY HORSE, MAIN STREET, METHLEY
George Risker, landlord of tbe Old Bay Horse Inn, Mickletown, Methley, was charged at Wakefield yesterday with permitting drunkenness, and
his wife, Mary Elizabeth, was charged with being drunk on the premises.
Two Policemen found defendants in a drunken condition, fighting, and using bad language. For the defence, Mr. Rowlands said the defendants
were not drunk, and submitted that even if the woman was worse for beer, the landlord ought not to be convicted for permitting drunkenness.
The Bench convicted, and the landlord had £1 7s. 6d to pay, and his wife 9s. 6d.
The Leeds Mercury was established by John Hirst in 1718 as a weekly newspaper in the rapidly growing West Yorkshire woollen textile town. The Mercury was one of the foremost provincial newspapers, publishing articles by many distinguished writers and gaining a reputation as a leading reporter of Liberal politics.
Last issue: November 25, 1939