The Langley Brewery
Brewers & Maltsters-Langley Burrell
- c.1790-1802 William
John Sheppard (& Son as Sheppard & Sheppard)
Sheppard & Giller
- c.1847-62 George
F. Giller (Formerly Brewer at the Bear,
Bank Street Melksham c.1839).
Henry Collett & Co.
Ralph Pearce (died July 1934)
Wiltshire and Swindon History
Centre have twelve deeds relating to a house, malthouse, and land in
Langley Burrell. Including probate of the will of William Hulbert, 1712
(Arch. Wilts.); settlement on the marriage of William Buy and Anne Wayte,
1740; abstract of title from 1773, referring to deeds not present.
Parties: Hulbert, Buy, Wayte, Spanswick. Knight, Bradford, Guy,
Merewether, Lloyd, Gaby. (1712-1820).
William Knight. This one of the earliest references (1804) to a
brewery at Langley that I have found, it refers to it as lately fitted out
by William Knight (1755-1802). William Knight married Martha Allen
at Langley Burrell by license on 2nd Oct. 1782. He died and was buried at
Langley Burrell around 16th May 1802.
James Marshman of Langley Burrell married Catherine Dark of
Christian Malford, in that parish on 5th May 1807.
From the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 11 October
Giller was born 1824 in Melksham, Wilts. son of George Giller of the
Bear Inn & auctioneer, & Susannah his wife. He married Mary
Hulbert, daughter of John Hulbert of Lypiatt, in Corsham on 12th Dec.
1844. Earlier in January that year the Hulberts had suffered a traumatic
house breaking while they were all present, the thieves were caught
however and transported for life that March. Giller went into partnership
with John Sheppard Junior at the Langley Brewery around 1845 after his
partnership with his father (in the auctioneer trade) was dissolved on
14th Nov. that year. John Sheppard senior & junior dissolved their
partnership at the end of 1841. The partnership of Sheppard & Giller
was officially dissolved on 29th Sept. 1847 in favour of Mr. Giller.
(Perry's Bankrupt & Insolvent Gazette 9.10.1847) John Sheppard Senior
was born in Collinbourne Kingston, Wiltshire. He married Hester Hulbert on
9th Feb. 1804 in Dauntsey, Wilts. He died in 1863 Corsham aged 84 and was
buried in Langley Burrell on 17th July. George F. Giller sold the brewery
on 30th May 1862, with the stock and plant sold on 2nd & 3rd of June
due to his retirement from the brewing business. Also in the sale were 2
public houses, one in Foghamshire called the White Hart (formerly the Live
& Let Live and before that the Apollo) in the occupation of Edwin
Welsh (formerly Thomas Knight-1842), the other called the George &
Dragon in Back Lane (formerly the Hat & Feathers) in the occupation of
Henry Collett was born in
Keevil, Wilts. in 1829, eldest son of Daniel Collett, farmer, and Mary
Buckland, daughter of Jacob Buckland (c.1768-1846) who were married at
Kington St. Michael on Mon.18th Feb.1828. Mary's father Jacob died leaving
11 children. Henry, whilst living at Lushill, near Swindon, married
Elizabeth Buckland (1834-1872), second daughter of Edwin Buckland, farmer
of Kington St. Michael, and Louisa Collett (1806-1850) his wife. Edwin was
Henry's uncle (his mum's brother). Elizabeth died suddenly at the brewery
on 1st April 1872. Henry Collett 's second wife was Rosa Wright, second
daughter of the late Mr. James Wright of Chippenham, married by the Rev.
F. S. Carlyon at St. James Church, Bath on 5th June 1873. Henry died on
12th April 1896 at the brewery, leaving his business to Frank Walter
Collett and Charles Henry Collett, brewers and Alfred Wright, relieving
was born in Salisbury, Wilts. around 1864. In 1881 he is a Brewer's pupil
(possibly under George Ellis Oram the Taunton brewer, who was living at
nearby George's Yard or at Henry Hammans' Town Steam Brewery), living at
home with his mother Charlotte, a butcher in Andover High Street next to
the Swan. Ralph's first wife was Sarah Emily Parnell, born Tigley,
Dartington, Devon who he married in Totnes, Devon in 1888, she died at the
Lion Brewery, Totnes on 31st Aug. 1889 aged only 22 after bearing Ralph a
son, Ralph Parnell Pearce. Ralph junior became Melksham Council Sanitary
Inspector (1927). In 1891 Ralph Pearce was a brewer next door to the Crown
& Sceptre pub in Bedford Street, Ampthill, Beds. He married Florence
Mary Allen (1865-1950), eldest daughter of Wm. Stephen Allen of the
Cottage, Ampthill on 28th Jan. 1892 at Ampthill parish church. He had 2
more sons and a daughter from this marriage. Ralph appears at the Langley
Brewery by 1901 and was elected president of the Wiltshire Brewers'
Association on Friday 29th July 1910 at their Trowbridge meeting.
Ralph died at his home, appropriately called
"Ampthill", Malmesbury Road, Chippenham on 14th July 1934. His executors
were his son Ralph Parnell Pearce, surveyor, and his daughter Constance.
Florence continued living at "Ampthill" and died at 30 New Road,
Chippenham on 10th Oct. 1950.
|½, 1 & 2 Gallon
H. COLLETT / LANGLEY BREWERY / CHIPPENHAM. Variations with rounded
Potter: Powell, Bristol. (Rounded shoulders).
Potter: Price, Bristol.
| 2 Gallon Stone Jar
288 / H COLLETT & SON / Spirit Merchants / Langley Brewery /
Potter: Price + Bristol.
|Printed: R. PEARCE /
LANGLEY BREWERY / CHIPPENHAM
Potter: Powell, Bristol.
|2 Gallon Stone Jar
R. PEARCE / LANGLEY BREWERY / CHIPPENHAM
29 on shoulder.
Potter: ?, Bristol.
Image courtesy Martin Tudor.
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