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
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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“Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire.”
David Rains Wallace