Truman, Hanbury and Buxton

A morning recording session in the Kingsland Road meant that I was able to investigate the premises of Truman, Hanbury and Buxton in Brick Lane, which was empty on a weekday morning.   The origins of the brewery go back to 1669 when Thomas Bucknall established a brewhouse on ‘Lolsworth Field at Spittlehope’.   The business was then taken over in 1694 by Joseph Truman.   His son Benjamin became a partner in 1722 and helped build production up, particularly of porter, such that they were producing 83,000 barrels a year in 1766 (not just porter, but also three types of stout and a mild ale).   He became a country gentleman with an estate in Hertfordshire, was painted by Gainsborough, became High Sheriff, and was knighted by George III.   In 1775, he wrote his credo on a page of the company accounts:  ‘there can be no other way of raising a great Fortune but by carrying on an Extensive Trade.   I must tell you Young Man, this is not to be obtained without Spirrit and  great Application’.   Following his death in 1780, the Quaker Hanburys bought into the firm.   Sampson Hanbury, whose father Osgood was a banker and mother Mary a Lloyd (of the banking family) is said to have been a brilliant businessman, buying a steam engine in 1805, producing 200,000 barrels by 1820, and buying a country estate at Poles in Hertfordshire in 1800.   In 1808, his nephew Thomas Buxton joined the firm, reformed its management, encouraged literacy in the workforce and entered parliament as MP for Weymouth in 1818.   There are black eagles, the sign of the brewery:



This is the sign of The Jolly Butchers up the road, one of many pubs now closed:



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