A notorious Shrewsbury landlord is summoned to court for trouble at what is now The Salopian Bar – but turns out he can’t remember which bit of bad behaviour they want him for: 

“William Gittins was summoned for being drunk on licensed premises, at the Globe Inn, Smithfield Road. Defendant said that the charge was quite true; his “missus” had locked him out, and he did make a little noise.

The Chief-constable pointed out that he was alluding to the wrong day; he was charged with being drunk on Wednesday. It seems that the defendant is landlord of the Globe Inn, and on the evening in question P.S. Preece had a complaint made to him of his conduct. This officer proceeded to his house and found the defendant drunk and disorderly.

Gittins, who was an old offender, was fined 10s. and costs, or in default fourteen days imprisonment.”

Eddowes’s Journal, and General Advertiser for Shropshire, and the Principality of Wales – Wednesday 29th October

Gittins was frequently in and out of trouble during his time as landlord, always getting into scrapes, arguments and dodgy deals. He’d beaten his wife and had also been charged with driving a horse and trap while drunk. Eventually, in 1886, after five years in charge the authorities had had enough of him and his license was not renewed.

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