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John Webster [we.9.2]

John Webster was the second child of Richard Webster & Mary Ann Cross christened January 9th, 1844 at Hitcham, Bucks.

In 1851, 1861, 1871 & 1881 John was living with his parents & family at Hill Farm, Hitcham.

By 1891 his father was widowed & retired from farming but still living at Hill Farm. John had taken over the running of the farm & was still unmarried. Also living at the farm was brother George, now married to Mary Emma Webster & their 2 year old daughter Kathleen Mary.

John Webster

(Photo courtesy of Michael H H Bayley)

In 1901 John was still farming at Hill Farm & living with his brother George, now a brewer, & family.

In the early 1890s John, together with brother George, took over the Brown & Terry Brewery in the High St of Burnham.  Brown & Terry had bought ‘The Rose’ & its brew house at the rear from Eton College.  By the late 1800s the brewery had grown in size employing 9 men & 2 boys & supplied most of the inns in Burnham.  In 1899 the brewery was trading as Terry A & Co although the actual brewer was John Webster.  Terry & Co were bought out in 1905 by a larger brewery but eventually The Rose was bought back in 1913 by George Webster,  although he was restricted by covenant not to use the premises as a brewery.

John died on December 19th, 1933 at Tatton House, Ray Park Avenue, Maidenhead, Berks.  Probate was granted on January 27th, 1934 to nephews Richard William Webster & John Percy Webster (sons of John’s brother Richard Webster we.9.1), both coal merchants.  John’ effects were £21,055.12s.2d.


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