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Brigg Road

In 1826 Joseph Newton was listed in a trade directory as a maltster in Brigg Road. In the same year he was also noted as the victualler at the Wheatsheaf Inn. It is possible that this was a reference to the fact that he may have brewed his own ales from the inn rather than a separate brewery in Brigg Road.

Chapel Lane

1841 — James Raby, Maltster

Finkle Lane

The Eastern Counties Herald ran a notice on 7 January 1841:

‘FOR SALE - Dwelling House, with Stable, Granary, Malt Kiln, and Outbuildings and Garden adjoining, in Finkle Street, in the occupation of John Sergeant who is to decline the business of Maltster. The Malt Kiln is 66 ft. long by 22 ft. and has 3 Floors, a Cistern capable of working 12 quarters, with Drying Kiln’.

These premises were described in a slightly later sale (1842) as ‘newly erected’ and in the tenancy of John Hill; the frontage to Finkle Lane was 84 feet. John Hill continued to be listed as a maltster in Finkle Lane until at least 1855. In 1861 and 1863 Richard Peter Holdsworth was listed as a brewer in Finkle Lane and may have been at the same premises. It may even have had its own tap or bar - see beer retailers/strays - and may have been the site later used by Meggitts between Nos.1 and 5. In April 1861 the Hull Packet ran a notice as follows:


THE PUBLIC are respectfully informed in the consequence of the decease of the later R. P. Holdsworth, the business will in future be carried on by the firm of HOLDSWORTH & SON. Continued patronage will be esteemed a favour’.

1861 — James Stamp, maltster, Finkle Lane


Historian Rex Russell has re-drawn a plan (from c.1795) that was made at the time of Barton’s enclosure in 1793 – 1796; it clearly shows that a ‘Messuage and Malt Kiln’ owned by Elizabeth Sparks was situated at the north-west corner of Fleetgate, opposite Butts Road and the Railway Station. Later, in 1849, John Oates was also noted as a maltster in Fleetgate and this is probably a reference to the same property, Fleetgate having been built upon its entire length by this time with little room for any new buildings.

1793 — Elizabeth Sparks, Malt Kiln Fleetgate
1828-1829 — Joseph Newton, maltster, Fleetgate
1835-1841 — William Cook, maltster, Fleetgate
1835 — William Glossop, maltster, Fleetgate
1849 — John Oates, maltster, Fleetgate
1856 — John Oates, beer house
1882 — Warwick & Woodhall, maltsters, Fleetgate

George Street

In 1882, R S Ragby & Co were listed as maltsters in George Street. This may have been an office or premises within the George Hotel.

High Street

1826 — John Watson, maltster, High Street
1835 — Charles Williams, High Street
1841 — Ellen Williams, brewer, High Street
1841 — Robert Haith? brewer, aged 30 years (census)
1849 — James Raby, maltster, High Street
1851 — James Raby, maltster High Street (Barton St Mary’s) (census)
1851 — Richard P Holdsworth, brewer, High Street (Barton St Peters) (census)

Thomas McKean was listed as a brewer in High Street from c.1846 until at least 1849 and around 1851 John Elwick Meggitt - his son-in-law - took over the brewery and remained as a brewer and maltster until at least 1885. The premises were noted as ‘The Brewery’ in trade directories from c.1876. ‘The Brewery’ was at the rear of the brewer’s house, now No.68 High Street.

Mr Meggitt the brewer’s house, 68 High Street.

The brewer’s house remains although the brewery buildings are gone, and the site now occupied by St Peter’s Court. The 1881 census listed Meggitt as a maltster and brewer aged 53 years, and resident in High Street. Also present were his wife Mary Ann aged 54 years, his five children and two servants. The Meggitt family tree was summarised by historian Rob Barnard as follows:

‘Mary Elwick married William Tonge in 1750 at Gainsborough. A William Tong was a brewer in George Yard Hull by 1790 but he had been born in 1742. John Meggitt married Mary Tonge in 1776 at Gainsborough. They lived in Hull where John was a brewer. Meggitt had moved to Malta by 1809 when his wife died there aged 55. John Meggitt died in Malta in 1811. Thomas Meggitt (1779 - c.1859) was a house and ship painter in George Yard Hull and John Ward, the marine artist, was apprenticed to him. Mary Meggitt, wife of William Tong Meggitt, died at Barton in 1844 aged 70. William T. Meggitt owned a tan yard in 1809 when he offered it to let. In 1826 William Tong Meggitt lived in Butts Lane, Barton. William Tong Meggitt and Mary had 10 children including John Elwick (born 1806) and Robert Charles, both at Barton. Robert Charles and his wife, Betsy, also christened one of their children John Elwick, born in 1828 at Barton. The latter was the brewer and maltster in 1851 and 1881. John Elwick Meggitt married Mary Ann Williams in 1850 at Old Clee, they had 10 children christened at Barton including John Charles, born 1850. In 1881 John Elwick, Mary Ann and their daughters Mary and Emma all worked in the brewery. Mary Ann was born in Ayre in 1827, her mother was Ellen McKean’.

1851 — John Elwick Meggitt, brewer, High Street (Barton St Mary’s) (census)
1855-1861 — John Elwick Meggitt, brewer, High Street
1872 — John E Meggitt, brewer & maltster, High Street
1876 — J E Meggitt, brewer, The Brewery, High Street

1881 — High Street (census)
John Elwick MEGGITT aged 53, Barton, Lincolnshire, Head Maltster & Brewer
Mary Ann MEGGITT aged 54, Ayre, Scotland, Wife, Maltster & Brewers Wife
Mary E. MEGGITT aged 25, Barton, Lincolnshire, Daughter, Maltster & Brewer Daughter
Elwick W. MEGGITT aged 23, Barton, Lincolnshire, Son, Ironmonger
Emma W. MEGGITT aged 20, Barton, Lincolnshire, Daughter, Maltster & Brewer Daughter
Alfred E. MEGGITT aged 18, Barton, Lincolnshire, Son, Apprentice to Seed Crusher (Oil Miller)
Margaret MEGGITT aged 9, Barton, Lincolnshire, Daughter, School
Maria GREEN aged 20, Goxhill, Lincolnshire, Servant, Cook (Domestic)
Eliza BOULTON aged 20, Claxby Moor, Lincolnshire, Servant, Housemaid (Domestic)

1882-1885 — John Elwick Meggitt, brewer & maltster, The Brewery, High Street

Henry Gibson was listed as a beer retailer & brewer in High Street in 1849 and by 1872 William Gibson, probably his son was also listed as a brewer in High Street. From 1849 to 1876 the Gibsons were also listed as beer retailers in High Street. Following the route of High Street in the census returns leads me to believe that the Gibsons were brewing at the rear of the Coach & Horses pub from c.1851 at least.

Maltby Lane

John Charles Meggitt took over from his father and is known to have had premises in Maltby Lane. Their maltings were later converted into a cinema. The confusing situation can probably be explained by the fact that the High Street premises of Meggitt have an entrance and frontage on Maltby Lane and adjoin the Malt Kiln premises on the corner of Newport Lane.

1881 — Maltby Lane (census)
John C. MEGGITT aged 31 Barton, Lincolnshire, HeadBrewer
Annie E. MEGGITT aged 30 Barton, Lincolnshire, Wife, Brewers Wife
Ethel M. MEGGITT aged 6 Barton, Lincolnshire, Daughter, Scholar
Charles E. MEGGITT aged 5 Barton, Lincolnshire, Son, Scholar
Anne RICHARDSON aged 16 Scawby, Lincolnshire, Servant, Domestic Servant
1882 — John Charles Meggitt, brewer, Maltby Lane


1872 — W Baxter, maltster, Newport
1881 — Newport Street (census)
James ELSTON aged 63, Barton on Humber, Head Maltster
Mary ELSTON aged 55, Barton on Humber, Wife, Maltster Wife
Charles ELSTON aged 24, Barton on Humber, Son, Labourer
Ada ELSTON aged 16, Barton on Humber, Daughter

Old Market Lane

1828-1829 — Thomas Doughty, maltster


1876 — William Pickering, maltster, Priestgate

See also Priestgate pubs

Waterside Road

1873 Waterside brewery auction poster.

An advertisement for the sale of the ‘Barton Waterside Brewery’ in 1873 noted that it was ‘late in the occupation of Mr Morris (who is leaving the town)’ (see sale poster …. Mr Hanson?). This must have referred to the Morris family, who had been recorded as brewers and maltsters since the first Barton trade directory in 1826. James Morris was still recorded at Barton Waterside as a brewer in 1876 but the former Morris’s premises were almost certainly taken over by one of the other companies that were listed from the late 1870s onwards, e.g. Warwick & Woodhall when the Waterside area was well populated by maltsters and brewers as these other trade directory references illustrate (some of these references may relate to business premises but others to private dwellings, as the home of the brewer or maltster himself):

1826-1835 — William Morris, brewer (1835) maltster, Waterside
1835 — James & William Morris, maltsters, Waterside Road
1835 — John Barratt, maltster, Waterside Road
1835 — Francis Patrick, maltster, Waterside Road
1841 — Sergeant & Scarborough, maltsters, Waterside Road
1841 — James Morris brewer (census)
1849 — William Morris, maltster, Waterside Road
1849-1876 — James Morris, brewer, Waterside Road
1849 — Thomas Hopkin, maltster, Waterside Road
1855 — Mrs Hopkin, maltster, Waterside Road
1841-1861 — John Kidney, maltster, Waterside Road
1872 — Arthur Wells, brewer, Waterside Road
1872 — William Waddingham, maltster, Waterside Road
1882 — Waddingham & Bennett, maltsters, Waterside Road
1876 — Warwick & Woodhall, maltsters, Waterside Road

1881 — Holydyke, Private House (census)
George WARRICK aged 57, Wootton, Lincolnshire, Head Maltster
Elizabeth WARRICK aged 56, Horkstow, Lincolnshire, Wife
Eliza HAVERCROFT aged 19, Barton, Lincolnshire, Servant, General Servant

1882-1885 — Warwick & Woodhall, maltsters, Fleetgate
1892 — John Woodhall, maltster, Waterside
1885 — James Thorpe, maltster, Waterside
1892-1919 — Thorpe & Sons, maltsters, Waterside
1922-1969 — Gilstrap, Earp & Co, maltsters, Waterside

Malt Kiln Row

Malt Kiln Row or the ‘Malt kilns’ were two terraces of small dwellings near to the Barton Haven and were latterly referred to as the Maltings. Of the 100 or more people who lived in the 20 occupied properties who were home on the day of the 1881 census, 42 were children and 27 of the remaining 59 adults were employed at the many nearby maltings. 20 of those employed were listed as ‘maltsters’.

Whitecross Street

James Stamp was also known as a victualler at Whitecross Tavern and a brewer in Finkle Lane; the references below may refer to him brewing on the premises, or from the maltings that ran between Whitecross Street and St Mary’s Lane (see Hunt Brewery details).

1863-1882 — James Stamp, brewer & maltster, Whitecross Street

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