Daniel Conington was born in Market Deeping, Lincoln in 1847, son of William Conington of Stamford, an ironmonger who later became a police sergeant, and his wife Mary Ann of Camden, Middx. Daniel served his apprenticeship as a cabinet maker and by 1871 was a journeyman of his trade, boarding at "The Hill", Cranbrook, Kent.
Daniel married Matilda Rebecca Blandford at St. Andrew, Montpelier, Bristol, on 1st June 1873. They had one daughter, Catherine (Kate), born 16th August 1874 and baptised at St. Philip & Jacob's on 13th Sept. 1874. In 1879 Daniel had a shop at 13 Upper Cheltenham Place. (Post Office Dir.) but the number was most likely actually 69 which was a corner shop, the street may have been re-numbered. In 1881 Daniel was a cabinet maker, living in two houses knocked into one, together with Matilda's parents, John & Eliza Colston Blandford, and the rest of their family. This was the 67 & 69 Upper Cheltenham Place address in Montpelier, Bristol.
In January 1883 Daniel was advertising in the "Wanted" section of the Western Daily Press for a 4 motion beer-engine so by 1886 Daniel was both a grocer and beer retailer but by August 31st, 1888, an advertisement had appeared in the Western Daily Press for that Friday, in the small ads "For Sale" section, stating: "SHOPKEEPERS should try CONINGTON'S AERATED WATERS, excellent quality, well recommended: samples on application. - Cheltenham Place, Montpelier. Business had picked up by 1893 and he was advertising for a young lad for "Bottle washing - constant job". In October 1895 he was advertising non-alcoholic Ginger Wine and Ginger Brandy as wholesale to grocers. In February 1896 Daniel was elected to the Council of the Bristol and District Bottle Exchange Association Ltd.
At some point before 1897, the Coningtons moved to 32 Upper Cheltenham Place, but Matilda died on 25th September 1899 at that address, leaving her effects to husband Daniel. Daniel re-married in 1900 to Mary Jane Warbutton née Leigh of Bridgewater, Somerset. Mary Jane was a confectioner and widow who had shops at 38 Castle Street and 100 Redcliff Hill. The confectionary business was inherited from her late husband Charles. Charles had died at 38 Castle Street on 24th Nov. 1896 where he was a wholesale confectioner. Charles and Mary Jane had married in 1883 after the death of Charles's first wife Emily Anthony in 1881. No doubt the Warbutton's business was an outlet for Conington's Mineral Waters.
Daniel died on Saturday 29th August, 1908 at 32 Upper Cheltenham Place. His funeral took place at Greenbank cemetary, 4pm the following Thursday. His estate was left to widow Mary Jane. After Daniel's death, Mary Jane moved to 14 Arley Hill, Cotham, where she had a confectioner's shop. She retained her Castle Street premises until at least 1920 when it was threatened by a road widening scheme (Western Daily Press - Wednesday 23 June 1920 p.2). She died at Arley Hill on 30th June 1938 and is buried at Arnos Vale.
|10oz Bullet Stopper Mineral.|
|Embossed: CONINGTON /
(TRADE MARK - with intertwined initials) / BRISTOL
No glassmaker's mark: Intertwined initials on base.
|10oz Codd's bottle.|
CONINGTON / (TRADE MARK - with intertwined initials) / BRISTOL
Patent Safe Groove / 4 / Sole Makers / Dan Rylands Ld / Barnsley.
Intertwined initials on base.
|6? Gallon front printed tap jar/flagon.|
|Printed: 148 /
CONINGTON / MONTPELIER