The Corsham Common Brewery

    From the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 01 March 1781   

THE Partnerſhip between JOHN DALMER and WILLIAM DALMER, Common Brewers, having been diſſolved by mutual agreement on the 19th day of February 1781, all perſons having demands on the ſaid partnerſhip are deſired to ſend accounts thereof to the ſaid John Dalmer, at Corsham aforeſaid, in order to their being paid; and all perſons indebted to the ſaid partnerſhip are deſired to pay their reſpective debts into the hands of the ſaid John Dalmer, or his order, who will receive, and give diſcharges for the ſame.
    Meſſrs. DALMER's beg leave to return thanks to their friends for paſt favours, and ſolicit a continuance of their cuſtom to the ſaid John Dalmer, by whom alone the buſineſs will be carried on from the ſaid 19th day of February. as witneſs the hands of the ſaid John & Wm. Dalmer, the 19th day of February.

    "The market cross was standing until 1776, when in the night time came John Dalmer and John Evans with others and pulled down the cross with violence and so damaged the materials that it could not be replaced. In consequence of which the feoffees, who had constantly repaired the cross, called a meeting of the parish to be held in the church, when it was decided that the steward of the manor should demand of Dalmer and Evans the sum of £30, as a satisfaction for the damage perpetrated by them, and expend that sum on the erection of some other building on or near the site of the cross for the same purpose. [Contemporary statement of the case in possession of Mr. W. H. Barrett]."

    John Dalmer, brewer and maltster, was born 29th Jan 1750/51 and baptised on 27th Feb. that year, son of William & Ann Dalmer. He married Jane Mitchell in Corsham on 11th January 1781. He was buried in Corsham on 23rd April 1787. His younger brother William was baptised on 21st Feb. 1753. He married Rebecca Whatby Mitchell on 4th July 1774 in Corsham. William senior was a master baker, as was his son William (bapt. 30th June 1777), as well as maltster, William, died in April 1773 and was buried on the 29th in Corsham.

    Charles Sheppard was born in November 1804 and baptised on the 3rd December in Collingbourne Kingston in Wiltshire, son of John Sheppard, later a brewer himself, at the Langley Brewery in Langley Burrell, and Hester Sheppard née Hulbert of Dauntsey.

    Charles Sheppard, common brewer of Corsham, was married at Chippenham, on 20th February 1827 to Miss Maria Beames (b. 17th Mar. 1806, Sheldon), daughter of Mr. George Beames of Allington and Sarah his wife, by license.

    Henry Hulbert, farmer of Kington St. Michael, married Ann Sheppard, Charles' sister, in Langley Burrell on 13th April 1831. Ann was born in 1806 in Collingbourne Kingston.

From the Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette - Thursday 20 August 1835

    "On Monday night an extensive fire took place at the brewery of Mr. Charles Sheppard of Corsham. The whole of the brewery and extensive stock of beer, were destroyed, and nothing but the extreme stillness of the night prevented the fire from spreading to Mr. Sheppard's dwelling-house as well as to numerous other houses adjoining. From the prompt assistance rendered, the fire was fortunately got under, but the loss to Mr. S. must be extremely heavy. - The flames were visible from a considerable distance and excited great alarm."

    It is likely that after the fire Charles went into partnership with his brother-in-law Henry Hulbert, trading as Sheppard & Hulbert : The Corsham Brewery.

From the Wiltshire Independent - Thursday 25 October 1838

    "On the evening of Sunday, the 14th inst. Mr. Charles Sheppard of Corsham, experienced a serious accident from being overturned by some fellows in a trap, who drove against him, and overturned the vehicle. Mr. S. was precipitated to the ground. He kept a firm hold on the reins, and was dragged about the road by the animal, till assistance arrived, the individuals who occasioned the accident not having the manliness to pull up. Mr. S. complained much of his shoulder, which was dislocated: he was conducted to Langley, which he had just left, and proper assistance rendered. Both shafts of the gig were broken off. There is no doubt but the authors of the mischief will be brought to answer for their unwarrantable conduct."

    In December 1841 the partnership between Charles Sheppard and Henry Hulbert was officially dissolved and Henry Hulbert had, by now, taken on the Pickwick Brewery. Charles was listed in the subsequent censuses as a "landed proprietor" living with his wife in Hill House, Kington St. Michael. By 1851 his father John was a retired brewer living in Pickwick with Charles' sister Henrietta. Henry Hulbert let the Brewery premises in Sept. 1848.

    Charles Sheppard died on 7th May 1879 in Kington Langley, Wilts. leaving his estate to Maria, his widow.

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