Augustus Warmington was born in Ide, Devon around 1818. In 1851 he was a Chemist in Exeter Holy Trinity with his wife Ellen Maria Warne Wilson who he'd married in summer 1848, he appears in newspapers in Melksham as a chemist around 1858. In 1861 he was back in Exeter St. Leonard's as a Commercial Agent.
Wilts. Independent - Thursday 7th May 1859
Robert Laine was born in Alresford, Hampshire around 1830. On Weds. 26th Jan 1859 he married, in Alresford, Elizabeth Catherine Seymour, eldest daughter of the Late Edward Seymour Esq. Solicitor of Salisbury, prior to that, he was an assistant chemist to Albinus Roberts of Market Place, St. Albans, Herts. in 1851. In 1861 he was staying at his Brother-in-law Edward Rous' Hotel in New Alresford, but he had officially taken over the business of Augustus Warmington of Melksham on 8th Feb 1859 but was a chemist in Melksham when he got married.
James E. Bush was a Pharmacist born in High Roding, Dunmow, Essex, early 1862. James married his wife Jessie Elizabeth Buck on 4 Sept. 1884 in Great Dunmow. James is entered in the Registers of Pharmaceutical Chemists and Chemists and Druggists (1919) on the 16th Oct. 1889, at Market Place, Melksham: examination Certificate 7934. He was made a member of Chaloner Lodge No. 2644 of Melksham in Feb. 1897 and later became W.M., still trading in the Market Place in 1901 but by 1911 was a Dentist and Dental Anesthetist. He died on the 5th Oct. 1931 at 150 Selhurst Road, South Norwood, Surrey and was cremated, his funeral taking place on Friday 9th Oct. at Melksham Parish Church Cemetary, his ashes were placed in the family vault. His estate was left to his son Edward Philip Dutton Bush, chemist who was born in 1885 in Great Dunmow, and was educated at David G. W. Rumsey's boarding school, Long Street, Devizes.
Ernest James Hughes joined the business and was registered on 14th April 1898 certificate no. 12247, in the beginning I believe he was a commercial traveler for the company, which he appears as in Criccieth High Street, Cardigan Bay, in the 1901 census. He was born in Blackrod, Lancashire on 18th April 1875, the son of Frank Heathcote Hughes (1853-1906) and Elizabeth Ann Widdows (1851-1922). In 1891 he was a Chemist's apprentice in North Meols, Southport, Lancs. He married his wife Louisa Edwards of Rhayader, Radnorshire, Wales, in Hereford,1904. It's likely that he took over the business about this time to allow James Bush to pursue his Dentistry business. He died at St. George's Hospital, Semington, Wilts. on 11th July 1961. He was still trading in 1939 as an agent for Perfex Photo Service and Kodak.
This low-res image above is linked direct to the National Trust Website where the high-res image may be purchased here.
The above extract from "Progress &
Commerce 1893: The Ports of the Bristol Channel, p.268".
|1Żoz Blue Poison Bottle|
|Paper Label: TEETH CAREFULLY EXTRACTED / POISON / Hydrocyanic Acid / J. E. BUSH LATE R.LAINE / ASSOCIATE PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY (BY EXAM) / DISPENSING & FAMILY CHEMIST / MARKET PLACE MELKSHAM. Embossed: NOT TO BE TAKEN. Height 3.8"|
| Embossed: J. E. BUSH .
CHEMIST / MELKSHAM.
11.4cm (4.5 inches) embossed on base Gilbertson No. 118583
Image courtesy Michael Squires.
|Brown Poison Bottle|
|SHAKE THE BOTTLE / (midge pic.) / ANTI-MIDGE / Preventative against all / Insect Bites and Stings, by / lightly rubbing over exposed / parts. Takes awasy pain / instantly when applied to / bites or stings / ERNEST J. HUGHES M.P.S. / Dispensing Chemist / HIGH STREET, MELKSHAM.|
|Blue Poison Bottle|
|IODINE-POISON / E. J. HUGHES M.P.S. (coat of arms) / SUCCESSOR TO J. E. BUSH / DISPENSING CHEMIST / THE PHARMACY, MELKSHAM.|
|Advertising Pot Lid|
|Rectangular design in white ceramic : THE AMERICAN / ANTISEPTIC / TOOTH / PASTE / J. E. BUSH / THE PHARMACY / MELKSHAM.|