Bristol & Bath Aerated Water Company (limited) and Barrett & Co.
Also Bath Aerated Water Co. Ltd.

Mineral Water Manufacturers & Bottlers

Wright's Bristol Directory 1880
Bath and Bristol Advertisement



Wright's Bristol Directory 1874.
Bath and Bristol Advertisement

The Bristol and Bath Aerated Water Company Limited was incorporated on 7 November 1871. Capital £10,000 in 2000 shares of £5 each.
"This company was formed to supply the cities of Bristol and Bath, and also Cardiff, Bradford, and other neighbouring towns, with all kinds of Aerated Waters, in Barrett's Patent Corkless Bottles, the merits of which are well-known in London, Liverpool, Manchester and other places, where they are in great demand. It is proposed to manufacture the very best quality of Aerated Liquids, and the promoters have received every encouragement from the managers of hotels, &c. as well as families...
Prospectus, with forms of application, may be had from the secretary, Mr. S. A. Edmonds, 56 Queen Square, Bristol."
Barrett & Co., the patentee of these particular bottle closures, and supplier of the license to use said patents, was already established in the cites of London, Liverpool and Manchester at the time of the foundation of the Bristol branch.

In October 1878, George Edward Tate, one of the company managers was sentenced to three months imprisonment for stealing 156lb of Citric Acid from the company.

21 February 1883 the newspapers carried the announcement "BRISTOL AERATED WATERS COMPANY. - This company proposes to take over the goodwill and business of the Bristol and Bath Aerated Waters Company, Limited (in liquidation). It was registered on the 12th inst., with a capital of £10,000 in £1 shares, with the following as first subscribers: - T. H. Barrett, North Dulwich, merchant, 1 share; C. G. Elers, Bond-Street, South Lambeth, soda-water manufacturer, 1; E. A. S. Hounsel, Clifton, 1; S. Lang, Bristol, merchant, 1; H. M. King, Bristol, 1; W. Wotton, accountant, Taunton, 1; R. Corner, Bristol, hotel proprietor, 1; registered without special articles." Unfortunately this company was very short lived, and was issuing winding-up notices the following January 1884, the same year that the Bath Aerated Water Company Limited appears in that city.

BARRETT'S SCREW STOPPERED BOTTLING COMPANY LIMITED quickly adopted the Newfoundland Road premises as its Bristol office and was up and running by September 1884.

A public announcement in the  Western Daily Press - Tuesday 2 March 1886 p.4, gives an account of the state of Barrett & Co. at that date, there was a major share release in order to raise capital for the formation of a new company:
"Subscription list closes 3rd March for London and 4th of March for Country.
BARRETT'S BREWERY AND BOTTLING COMPANY LIMITED, Incorporated under the Companies Acts.
CAPITAL £300,000 in 60,000 SHARES of £5.
First issue of £250,000 in 50,000 Shares of £5 each,
Of which £166,670 in 33,334 Shares, are now offered for Public Subscription.
The list of Directors at the time were as follows
Harding Cox, Esq., 11 Upper Grosvenor Street.
Edward Rawlings, Esq., Heathfield, Clapham Park.
J. Sinclair Pirrie, Esq., Khandalla, Streatham.
*Henry Barrett, Esq., Menival, North Dulwich.
*Mark H. Beaufoy, Esq., South Lambeth Road.
*R. H. Randall, Esq., Brewer, Vauxlaurens, Guernsey.
*J. A. Winter, Esq., Maunsell House, Bridgwater.
*G. F. Wills, Esq., Crewkerne, Somerset.
*C. G. Elers, Esq., 6 Kensington Court, Kensington (Managing Director)
(* are Directors of the Vendor Company who will join the board after Allotment).

This basically amounted to a sell-off of the London branch of the company at Bond Street, Vauxhall, along with a newly completed (Nov. 1885) brewery plant and 5 floor bottling stores, and incorporating it into a new company with a focus of brewing bottled beers.

Barrett's Country Bottling Co. Limited was formed in October 1886 with capital of £30,000 in £1 shares "in order to buy and extend the business of Barrett & Co. (Limited) of Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester, mineral water manufacturers and bottled beer merchants. The London business of the same concern was lately sold to a new company" (see above).

In 1887 Barrett's Country Bottling Co. Ltd. in giving notice to the Bristol Bottle Exchange, claimed ownership of all bottles bearing the names or trade marks of: "Bristol & Bath Aerated Water Company Limited"; Barrett & Co. Limited"; "Barrett & Co."; "Barrett's Country Bottling Company Limited"; Bottles bearing Sankey's trade mark - SAN and a KEY - and Barrett & Eler's trade mark (a screw stopper in a circle).

Barrett's continued at the Newfoundland Road premises until 22 August 1889, when Brooke and Prudencio took over the property.


10oz Stick Stoppered Bottle BB1.jpgBB2.jpg
Embossed:  THE BRISTOL AND BATH / COMPANY (in circle) PATENT STOPPER (vertical) TRADE MARK (horizontal) in centre.
Barrett & Elers Patent, London on rear.

Glassworks: Lumb & Co., Makers, Castleford.

10oz Stick Stoppered Bottle BB3.jpgBB4.jpg
Embossed:  THE BRISTOL AND BATH / COMPANY (in circle) PATENT STOPPER (vertical) TRADE MARK (horizontal) in centre.
Adams & Barrett's  Patent, Jersey on rear.

Glassworks: Lumb & Co., Makers, Castleford.

10oz Patent Screw Stoppered Bottle BB6.jpgBB7.jpg
Embossed:  THE BRISTOL AND BATH / COMPANY (in circle) Bristol coat of arms pictorial in centre.

TRADE / {B & R / Screw stopper pictorial / LONDON (in circle)} / MARK  (on rear).

Makers: Barrett & Elers, London.

10oz & 6oz Codd's Patent Stoppered Bottle BB11.jpgBB13.jpg
Embossed:  THE BATH AERATED WATER COMPANY LIMITED (in circle) coat of arms pictorial in centre.

Codd's Premier Patent. 4 lugs to shoulder.
Makers: ?.
Images courtesy: Paul De'Ath.

10oz  & 6oz Patent Stoppered Bottle BB12.jpgBB14.jpg
Embossed:  THE BATH AERATED WATER COMPANY LIMITED (in circle) coat of arms pictorial in centre.

Codd's Premier Patent. 6 lugs to base.
Makers: ?.
Images courtesy: Paul De'Ath.

10oz Bullet Stoppered Bottle BB8.jpg
Embossed: 
TRADE / {B & R / Screw stopper pictorial / LONDON (in circle)} / MARK.

Black Vulcanite bullet stopper.
Makers: Barrett & Elers, London.

6oz Bullet Stoppered Bottle Barrett2jpg
Embossed:  BARRETT & Co LIMITED / BRISTOL



Makers: ?
Image courtesy Aled Rees.

10oz Codd's Bottle Barrett1.jpg
Embossed:  THIS BOTTLE BELONGS TO / BARRETT'S / COUNTRY BOTTLING / COMPANY LIMITED / BRISTOL




Image courtesy Aled Rees.
Makers: ?

10oz Bullet Stoppered Bottle BB10.jpg
Embossed:  THE BRISTOL AND BATH / COMPANY (in circle) Bristol coat of arms pictorial in centre.


Makers: Unmarked.
Image credit: Paul De'Ath.

Split Size Bullet Stoppered Bottle BB9.jpg
Embossed:  THE BRISTOL AND BATH / COMPANY (in circle) Bristol coat of arms pictorial in centre.


Makers: Unmarked.
Image credit: Paul De'Ath.

Stick Stoppered Bottle BB16.jpg
Embossed:  THE BRISTOL AND BATH / COMPANY (in circle) Bristol coat of arms pictorial in centre.


Makers: ?.
Image courtesy: Paul De'Ath.

10oz Hamilton Bottle BB5.jpg
Embossed:  THE BATH AERATED WATER COMPANY LIMITED (in circle) coat of arms pictorial in centre.

Glassworks: not marked.

10oz Hamilton Bottle BB15.jpg
Embossed:  Embossed:  THE BRISTOL AND BATH / COMPANY (in circle) Bristol coat of arms pictorial in centre.
Glassworks: not marked.
Image courtesy: Paul De'Ath.

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