Frank Myatt Ltd.
The company's origins can be traced back to 1900 when John Francis Myatt started his own brewery concern at the Cross Keys in Wolverhampton. This was Myatt's home town. He was the son of house agent John Myatt and Constance Cassere. His early years were spent at the family home in Dudley Road. The 1891 census shows that the family moved to Talbot Road and, by this time, John Francis is recorded as a Solicitor's Clerk, the same job as his father. He married Sedgley-born Sarah Caswell in 1900, the same year in which he set up in business at the Cross Keys. It is said that he gained his experience within the licensed trade when working for the Willenhall wine and spirit merchant A. E. Leary.
Registered in December 1900, the Midland Home-Brewing Company Limited was established as the formal business name for the entrepreneurial activities of John Francis Myatt. The company name was short-lived and in 1902 the trading name was changed to Frank Myatt Limited. I am curious how such a young man raised the capital for this business venture that enjoyed immediate growth. Outgrowing the original brewery premises, the company acquired the Albany Brewery to expand production. However, in 1909 this brewery was sold to Eley's of Stafford.
Frank Myatt went into beer production again when he established a brewery behind the West End Inn at Peel Street, Wolverhampton. A modest estate of public houses was acquired in order to retail the ales produced at the West End Brewery; these were formerly operated by the Manchester Brewery Company Limited. In 1919 Frank Myatt applied his name to a public company that acquired an estate of 124 public houses that were tied to the Old Wolverhampton Breweries Limited. The pub estate was re-shaped through a combination of legislation and rationalisation and the enlarged brewery at Raglan Street supplied 94 properties in 1927 when the company was bought out by the Holt Brewery Company. The Raglan Street brewery was closed during the following year.
Frank Myatt continued to work in the brewing industry. He took a seat on the
board of the
Holt Brewery Company but resigned when they were acquired by
This was around the time that he bought the Broadway Brewery at Shifnal. Like
many leading figures within the brewery industry, Frank Myatt held public
office; he served as the Mayor of Wolverhampton between 1917 to 1918. He died in
1938 at Hill Lodge, the family home at Compton.