The Emergence of Shepherd Neame from the Earliest Days of Brewing in Faversham Kent 1100 - 1732, by John Owen
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This is the second book in the trilogy which is designed to explain the development of Shepherd Neame Ltd., from the earliest days. Here is a business which can be traced on the same site in Faversham, selling the same product and whoch has been handed down through an unbroken succession of owners from at least 1573. This book does more than relate a narrative of this development. It sets out the what but it explores the why and how this business has survived. The site has remained at 18 Court Street because the water there bubbled up naturally and because the site was central but not congested. For 150 years after 1573 two families, Castlocke and Marsh, owned the business for most of that time and they only disappeared due to a faliure of direct heirs. Theere was however always a rising new entrepreneur to the business over; Samuel Shepherd. A huge amount of new material has been asseembled from the full range of local archives to reveal the story. The authour clearly enjoys' squezzing the uneven data to bring the past alive with new insights. Myths and legends are cleared away but the description of Shepherd Neame as Britian's Oldest Brewer remains.
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