A Brewery Outing in 1899

Wilkins Brewery trip to Ilfracombe 1899



The photograph shows the members of a party from the Newtown brewery of Willkins Brothers & Hudson on a trip to Ilfracombe on the north coast of Devon in July 1899. We haven’t yet found the exact location, but it is pretty reasonable to assume that it is a pub.

It is not likely they would have gone there by road, which would have taken too long by horse-drawn vehicles. Train travel would have involved several changes. Another possibility is that they went by paddle steamer down the Bristol Channel from Clevedon.

The men and boys would include workers in the brewery and the malthouses and draymen who delivered the beer.

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