Henry Boyce - Boyce, Son & Co.

Mineral Water Manufacturer

Henry Boyce was born in Bristol in 1806, not baptised until 25 Oct. 1812 at St. James, son of William and Sarah. Sarah is still living with the family in 1841, in Wade Street, St. Philip & Jacob's. Henry became a hairdresser by trade. he married his first wife, Anne Martin, at Stapleton Holy Trinity, on 16 March 1824. They had at least 6 children, 3 of whom were living at the time of the 1841 census. Henry, baptised at St. Philip & Jacobs, 2 Jan 1825, Mary Ann, 23 Dec. 1827, and Eliza, 17 Jan. 1836. It is likely that Anne died shortly after the birth of Eliza in 1836. Henry married again to Sarah Knowles at St. John, Bedminster on 14 August 1838. In 1851, Henry and Sarah were still resident in Wade Street, in the house next door was widow Ann Martin, and daughter Matilda, likely Ann was Henry's mother-in-law from his first marriage. Henry and Sarah had at least 5 children together, the first surviving was son Frederick, baptised 12 Sept. 1847 again at St. Philip & Jacob's. Next was daughter Sarah Ann, 16 Jun. 1850, William on 13 Jun. 1852 and Caroline on 15 Jan. 1854. By 1859 the family had moved to a larger premises in Meadow Street, St. Paul's, and Henry had become a full time Soda Water and Ginger Beer manufacturer. There is a report in the Bristol Daily Post - Thursday 29 November 1860 p.2, of an accident to one of the children, Frederick Boyce:

"SINGULAR EXPLOSION.- A curious explosion, attended with serious consequences, took place yesterday in the house of Mr. Boyce, lemonade manufacturer, Meadow Street, in the parish of St. Paul. The son of Mr. Boyce, a lad twelve years of age, had a quantity of coarse gunpowder, which he spread upon a stone, and endeavoured to pound by striking it with a hammer. He proceeded for a short space without anything taking place, but at last the friction arising from the repeated contact of the hammer with the gunpowder caused the latter to ignite, and it exploded with a terrific report, burning the unfortunate urchin severely. He was at once taken to the Infirmary, and received that care his case demanded, and is still an in-patient of that institution." Another report states the boy had the powder in a spoon and was hitting it with a knife, but the boy is named as Frederick.

Fortunately Frederick survived to join his father and brother in the lemonade business by 1863.

Henry Boyce senior died in 1877. His probate record states "The Will of Henry Boyce the Elder late of Richmond-road Montpelier in the City of Bristol Soda Water and Ginger Beer Manufacturer who died 11 May 1877 at Richmond Road was proved at Bristol by Henry Boyce of York-road Montpelier and Frederick Boyce of Meadow-street in the said City. Soda Water Manufacturers the Sons and Glass Stowe of Richmond-road Shoemaker the Executors."

The partnership between Henry Boyce and Frederick Boyce (brothers), trading as Boyce & Son, was dissolved on 8 March 1884 in favour of Frederick Boyce who carried on the company on his own account. Shortly afterwards Frederick was in receivership (Bristol Mercury - Wednesday 23 July 1884 p.7.) On 25th August Edward Thomas Collins, Public Accountant, was named as trustee of the bankrupt Frederick.

As noted above, Henry Boyce the younger had already retired from the business by the time of his death at his home in York Road on 4 July 1892. As a result of his bankruptcy, Frederick and his son also called Henry entered into partnership with William Martin Goldsworthy, son of James Goldsworthy, mineral water manufacturer of St. Philip's marsh. This partnership was dissolved by 18 Oct. 1893.From the Bristol Mercury - Saturday 7 October 1893 p.1:

"DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP, RE BOYCE AND GOLDSWORTHY. To MINERAL WATER MANUFACTURERS & OTHERS. Mr. EDWARD T. PARKER will offer for SALE by TENDER, as a Going Concern, the LEASE, GOODWILL, MACHINERY, HORSES, VANS, and EFFECTS, belonging to the remunerative business, carried on by Messrs. Boyce and Goldsworthy, Mineral Water Manufacturers, at Meadow Street, St. Paul's, Bristol.
Inventories are in the course of preparation and can be inspected at the Broker's offices on and after Thursday next, and the Effects can be viewed any day between nine and five o'clock.
Sealed Tenders marked "Tender for Boyce and Goldsworthy's business" to be addressed to Mr. Edward T. Parker, Trustee, 1, Broad Street, Bristol, not later than Wednesday, October 18th inst.
The Trustee does not bind himself to accept the highest or any tender."

After the death of Mr. W. M. Goldsworthy in 1898, the company was absorbed into the firm of C. E. Beavis, Mineral Water Manufacturers of Jacob Street, Bristol.

Frederick Boyce died at 11 Moor Lane, Litchfield Street, Tamworth on 11 Feb. 1902 aged 49. He had moved there with wife Caroline and step-son Herbert Watson. His profession is still listed as Mineral Water Works Manager in the 1901 census at this address.

After the death of Frederick Boyce a legal dispute arose BOYCE & OTHERS vs EDBROOKE. Edbrooke had spent a considerable sum converting the Meadow Street premises into an iron foundry. The children of Frederick Boyce disputed Edbrooke's entitlement to the lease. Goldsworthy and E. T. Parker gave evidence. The two parties, at the suggestion of the Judge, came to terms, arranging the sale of the premises to the defendant. (Western Daily Press - Saturday 14 March 1903 p.5.)

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What appears to be W G monogram on base.
Glassworks: not marked.
Height 8.25" (20.9cm).

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Glassworks: Chapman & Son, Birkenhead.
Height 8.25" (20.9cm).

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Glassworks: not marked. Length 9 5/8" (24.4cm).

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4 lugs in neck similar to "Niagara" patent.

Glassworks: Cannington Shaw & Co. Ld., Makers, St. Helens.
Height 7.5" (19cm)

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Embossed: in shield: BOYCE & SON / CHAMPAGNE / GINGERADE.
Reverse also in shield: MEADOW STREET / ST. PAULS / BRISTOL

Glassworks: not marked. Height 7.25" (18.4cm).

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Reverse also in shield: Entwined broad "B" and "S", TRADE MARK (under shield).

Glassworks: 400 on base, otherwise not marked. Height 7.25" (18.4cm).
Image courtesy of Simon Chesterman.

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