History of White and Combe's Brewery at Tamworth 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.



 

White and Combe
White and Combe

Some History on this Brewery
This brewery was established in Tamworth's Albert Road by Thomas White in 1860. Born in Bolehall in 1822, Thomas White was formerly a cabinet maker and established a small business in Tamworth's Bolebridge Street. His wife may have died in childbirth because he was a widow when the census enumerator recorded him as a widow living with his two year-old daughter Ann.

When moved to Albert Road as an established maltster and brewer, he was accompanied by his sister Catherine. The beers produced by Thomas White proved popular and within a decade he had a small workforce engaged at the site.

Thomas White re-married in the 1860's; his wife Mary Ann hailed from Husbands Bosworth in Leicestershire. The profitable business enabled the couple to employ servants in the house.

Thomas White was well-known in the district where, in a quiet and unostentatious way, he reportedly distributed gifts from his private purse among the poor people of the town. He also represented Bolehall and Glascote on the Board of Guardians, and for several years was the highway surveyor for that parish.

Born on the Isle of Skye, the wholesale wine and spirits merchant Norman McFie established a business next to the brewery and shared part of the brewery yard with Thomas White. Nearing the end of his working life, Thomas White went into partnership with John Combe, a younger brewer from Gloucestershire. By 1897 the business was trading as White and Combe. Thomas White died in January 1898 but the brewery continued until the First World War. Thomas White left much of his business interests to his nephew Alfred Pegg who continued to work with John Combe. Indeed, they were known to purchase pubs and off licences in order to develop a tied estate. In an auction held by Messrs. Winterton and Son in July 1906 they bought the freehold of the Seven Stars, an old pub situated on Watling Street at Wall. The company paid £1,055,0s.0d. Prior to this, John Combe had acquired the Green Man Inn at Clifton Campville.
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Quotation
Winston Churchill by Arthur Pan [1943]
“Make sure that the beer - four pints a week - goes to the troops under fire before any of the parties in the rear get a drop.”
Winston Churchill

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