Jarman's Golden Ale Brewery

Keith Jacklin remembers Jarman's Brewery in Meldreth

A short audio clip of Keith Jacklin talking to Joan Gane and Ann handscombe on May 9th 2007

Photo:Jarman's Golden Ale Brewery ~1920

Jarman's Golden Ale Brewery ~1920

Robert H Clark postcard

Photo:Newspaper Advert confirming the Purity of Jarman's Beer

Newspaper Advert confirming the Purity of Jarman's Beer

Cambridge Chronicle Mar 13 1891

Photo:Advert for Jarman's Invalid and A1 Stout

Advert for Jarman's Invalid and A1 Stout

Herts & Cambs Reporter, Jan 3 1890

Photo:A sad end to Meldreth's brewer at only 33 years of age

A sad end to Meldreth's brewer at only 33 years of age

Cambridge Chronicle April 19 1895

Photo:Jarmans were in the beer trade long before they started brewing.  The 1841 census listed a John Jarman, aged 20 as a beer merchant.  In 1845 John Jarman and his mother, Elizabeth, are selling their estate (this photo) although it is not known which pub is referred to in the article.

Jarmans were in the beer trade long before they started brewing. The 1841 census listed a John Jarman, aged 20 as a beer merchant. In 1845 John Jarman and his mother, Elizabeth, are selling their estate (this photo) although it is not known which pub is referred to in the article.

Cambridge Chronicle Mar 8 1845

Photo:A 'Jarman's Jar' used to carry beer to the home or fields

A 'Jarman's Jar' used to carry beer to the home or fields

Jar Property of John Handscombe

Photo:Jarman's Jar

Jarman's Jar

Property of 'Gilly' Gilham

Photo:JARMAN & CO GINGER BEER BOTTLE. 7ins tall, ch. t.t. 'JARMAN & CO/ MELDRETH CAMBS' village stocks scene pictured. Tiny insignificant inside rim flake, & 1 to base. Extremely rare. NR £120-150+.

JARMAN & CO GINGER BEER BOTTLE. 7ins tall, ch. t.t. 'JARMAN & CO/ MELDRETH CAMBS' village stocks scene pictured. Tiny insignificant inside rim flake, & 1 to base. Extremely rare. NR £120-150+.

Advertised for sale on BBRA Collectors Mart Auction website,Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October 2010

Photo:Meldreth Brewery Sale in 1926 Page 1 (CRO: 515 SP823)

Meldreth Brewery Sale in 1926 Page 1 (CRO: 515 SP823)

Courtesy of Cambridge Record Office

Photo:Meldreth Brewery Sale in 1926 page 2 (CRO: 515 SP823)

Meldreth Brewery Sale in 1926 page 2 (CRO: 515 SP823)

Courtesy of Cambrdieg Record Office

Photo:Meldreth Brewery Sale in 1926 page 3 (CRO: 515 SP823)

Meldreth Brewery Sale in 1926 page 3 (CRO: 515 SP823)

Courtesy of The Cambridge Record Office

Photo:A1 Stout (Please see the comments section at the bottom of this page)

A1 Stout (Please see the comments section at the bottom of this page)

Photograph supplied by Nik Galton

Photo:Two of Irish Hot (Please see the comments section at the bottom of this page)

Two of Irish Hot (Please see the comments section at the bottom of this page)

Photograph supplied by Nik Galton

Jarman's Golden Ale Brewery, North End, Meldreth

- stood beside The Green Man, close to the church in North End, Meldreth

By Tim Gane

Timeline:

1847 – 64  The first evidence of maltings in Meldreth is in 1847 when John Burr was listed as a farmer & maltster and Joseph Scruby as a maltster.  John Burr occupied the Maltings in North End, opposite the Methodist Chapel and Joseph Scruby was most likely at the Maltings in The Mill, opposite The Gables. These two gentlemen continued in this profession until at least 1864.

1873  There was just one maltster in the village, William Blott.

1875  William Mortlock Waller (WMW) purchased the North End Maltings and he is listed in Kelly’s Directory as a brewer and maltster.  The Meldreth Brewery started around this time as a company called BREWITS partnered by WMW and Albert Jarman.   WMW was still listed as a brewer and maltster in 1879.

1885  WMW and Albert Jarman dissolved their partnership and Albert Jarman continued alone as Jarman and Co.

1888  Kelly’s Directory lists Albert Jarman as a brewer and Jarman & Co as brewers and maltsters.  Jarman’s Golden Ale Brewery was in existence by this time.

1895  Albert Jarman died in a horse riding accident

1913  Jarmans amalgamates with Worboys Cambridge Brewery to become Worboys and Jarman Ltd. (address: Sturton Brewery, 120 Sturton Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire) - see list of outlets below.

1915  Receiver appointed and partnership was dissolved in July 1923

1915  On July 23rd 1915 the brewery was occupied by brewers Barclay Perkins & Co who ceased brewing and used the premises solely for storage.  It was finally purchased by them in September 1920 for £5000.  The estate then consisted of the Meldreth Golden Ale Brewery, the Maltings in North End, Meldreth, several cottages in Meldreth and a number of other pubs in South Cambs (see below) including The Sailors Return in Meldreth.

1920 - 1926  In 1920, 1922 and 1926 attempts were made to sell the brewery and the associated yard and stables.  In all the adverts it was described as ‘the former brewery’.  By 1926 the price was just £500 with the option of breaking up the lots offered if it could not be sold as a whole.  It is not known if a sale did take place then, but the brewery and chimney were dismantled sometime after this date.  Documents advertising the sales can be seen at the Cambridgeshire Archives at the Cambridge Record Office [515 SP823, 515 SP621].

1938  The public houses held by Barclay, Perkins and Co (which included The Sailor's Return) were sold to Wells and Winch Ltd

1955  Barclay & Perkins merged with John Courage which eventually became a branch of Scottish and Newcastle.

1961  Wells and Winch were acquired by Greene King & Sons Ltd

 

Five of the six Meldreth pubs were tied houses to the Royston Brewery and so the outlets for the Golden Ale Brewery were few and far between.  Although it stood next to The Green Man,  documents held in Greene King (Biggleswade) Archive [GK177/5] show that the brewery's only outlet in Meldreth was The Sailors Return.

The full list of outlets owned by Worboys and Jarman's Ltd for the sale of Jarman's Ales shown in GK177/5 is as follows.

  • Anchor Inn, Melbourn
  • Black Horse, Guilden Morden
  • Coach & Horses, Harston
  • Cuckoo, Sandon
  • Plough, Little Shelford
  • Sailor’s Return, Meldreth
  • White Lion, Melbourn
  • Off-licence, 120 Sturton Street, Cambridge
  • Cooper’s Arms, Newmarket Road, Cambridge

Bill of Sale [CRO: 515 SP823] (see photos below) lists the equipment with-in the brewery.

Transcript for 'Keith Jacklin remembers Jarman's Brewery in Meldreth':

Keith Jacklin’s Memories of the Brewery

Click play on the audio bar at the top of the page to hear Keith Jacklin talking about Jarman's Brewery

When the brewery was actually working, I don’t remember it but my grandfather used to be the drayman and they always said that when he left there in the morning with his great big wagon, the horses and wagon with all the barrels on it to go round and deliver to the pubs, the brewery used to give him a gallon of beer to start with and he used to have one in every pub.  That’s where he got all his practice I think because he was, well, he enjoyed his work, but he enjoyed his beer as well!

(Transcription by Gloria Willers)

This page was added by Tim Gane on 06/12/2010.
Comments about this page

I was researching A1 Stout, which I note is from your local brewery. I have two oil paintings on board in the naive style ... one titled A1 Stout, the second Two of Irish Hot. My great grandfather was born near Biggleswade and I wonder if there is a link. No other A1 Stout really get a mention on the web!

The family moved to west London where I grew up.

(Photos of Nik's two fascinating pictures can be seen above).

By Nik Galton
On 30/10/2017

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