This week Margaret Mills took us back to Rayleigh in March 1805 when it seems a party of 14 men had booked a pub for a celebration meal which naturally also included some efficient drinking.
It seems however that only half of those who had been expected at the event turned up so when the bill was presented those participants actually on site claimed that the bill was exorbitant and refused to pay.
A right royal rumpus ensued during which it seems that the innkeeper suffered injury and was subsequently awarded £300 in compensation for his injuries, damage and cost of the food and drink consumed.
Listen here to what Margaret told me about this fracas: –
Look forward to more of the same next week,