In 1901 Superintendent Williams of Wincanton Police District released the following information:
WINCANTON 1901. the police court on Monday, the Superintendent Police (Mr Williams) presented his annual report, showing that there were in the district, with a population of 17,749, 49 fully licensed houses, 23 beer licenses, 2 off licenses, one refreshment and wine license, and 5 grocers’ licenses, making a total of 80.
There were 10 transfers to new people, one new house at Cole Station in exchange for one at Sunny Hill, and there were two cases for permitting drunkenness, both of which were dismissed. There had been no conviction against holders of licenses in the district for two years.
There had been 29 males prosecuted for drunkenness, of whom 25 were convicted, and two females, one of whom was convicted; four of these were strangers to the district. He had no objection to make against any of the present holders of licenses.
The Chairman and others of the magistrates said that the report was very satisfactory. There were two transfers granted, namely, the Wellington hotel, Bruton, from Amanda Smith to Herbert Clarence Hole, and the Queen’s Head, Penselwood, from Alfred Masters to Fred Hicks, of Silton.