Holt Brewery

Holt, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire


billhead: James Hunt, Holt Brewery

A billhead from James Hunt, Holt Brewery, 1863


The Holt Brewery was run by members of the Hunt family in connection with the New Inn (now the Old Ham Tree) for most of the 19th century, probably starting with Henry Hunt, who was landlord of the New Inn in 1797. In 1808 the New Inn was being run by John Deverell and John Hunt owned the building and several others around it, while himself occupying a malthouse he leased from someone else. Mrs Hunt, perhaps his widow, owned it in 1828 and Deverell had gone to be landlord of the Three Lions by 1822. The 1841 Tithe Apportionment map listed the pub and brewery as being owned by Henry, James and Thomas Hunt, with Thomas as the brewer/landlord. The census of the same year listed Thomas brewer age 37, James brewer age 30 and Elizabeth 30. Thomas had died by 1851 when his will was proved and the 1871 census had John brewer and son James as assistant brewer.  In 1877 the brewery’s chimney blew down.

After the brewery closed the buildings became the County Sanitary Laundries Ltd, manageress Miss Amy Smith in 1911 and West Wilts Laundry, proprietress Miss A.C. Smith in 1915; they were demolished and the  location has been developed for housing, called Ham Close.

Today, Holt again has a brewery after the Box Steam Brewery relocated to the Midlands Light Industrial Estate from Colerne.