History of Eley's Stafford Brewery Limited at Stafford in the county of Staffordshire. Research is augmented with photographs, beer labels, pump clips, stories of local folklore, newspaper articles and a genealogy connections section for those studying their family history.


Eley's Stafford Brewery Ltd
Eley's Stafford Brewery Ltd

Some History on this Brewery
The offices of Eley's Stafford Brewery Ltd. can be seen in the 1920's photograph above. Located at The Green in Stafford, the company occupied the buildings to the left - they are the properties with pedimented doorways. The entrance to the brewery yard was a little further on. Although the property in the foreground survived into the 21st century, the buildings occupied by the brewery were demolished in the post-war years. Burgess' Ironmongers Shop, a store that specialised in domestic appliances, once occupied the site but this was also demolished in 2002. The landscape, as they say, is a palimpsest.

In the mid-19th century, The Green Brewery was operated by the brewer and maltster John Bishop. The 1861 census records him as a maltster, hop merchant, ale and porter merchant, employing 3 men, suggesting a modest but busy operation. He lived on the premises with his first wife Elizabeth who hailed from Tean.

John Bishop apparently put his feet up at an early age as in 1881 he was recorded as a retired brewer living with his second wife Julia at nearby Rowley Bank. He had formerly sold the brewery to Charles Eley in January of the previous year, though it would appear that the two men had agreed terms in 1879.

The wine merchant Arthur Tatham was involved in the business later in the decade and in September 1899 the firm was registered to acquire the businesses of Eley, Tatham & Nesbitt and Humby & Baillie.

The company and its estate of tied houses was acquired by William Butler & Co. Ltd. in 1928.
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David Rains Wallace by Betsy Kendall
“Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire.”
David Rains Wallace


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