Mr. H. J. Freeman, for defendant, said it was a case in which he could offer no real defence, and he had no wish to attempt to put one up. The offences could not be regarded as any way similar to those sometimes read of at London clubs or road-houses, where a breach of the licensing regulations was committed. Deal Hall was situated at a remote spot on the marshes some 4.5 miles from the village of Southminster. Defendant had acted ill-advisedly in not forming a properly constituted club, but he had not sold the beer to make gain therefrom — only to satisfy the needs of his workmen.
Of course, at this point, people might wonder about me. Why read this kind of stuff? Do you plan on including details like this? The answer is not simple. I don't necessarily mean to include this particular episode, but having read it and others I get a better feel for what people during this period were dealing with in their daily lives. So parts of it may appear, but what will surely happen is that this will color what I write, in some small way at least.