Michael D dropped by and commented on this post about the Old Combe brewery on Long Acre in London. He’s provided some interesting family history and pointed out some useful links:
[My] great great grandfather Frank Wilson worked at Combe, as did his father William Wilson. On the census records they are listed as “practical brewers”.
The family lived in Long Acre and then King Street just round the corner. Very convenient.
There is a bit more on the buildings on the camden website http://mycamden.camden.gov.uk/gdw/T/ListedBuildingDetail?LbNo=10200&xsl=ListedBuildingDetail.xsl.
There is an old picture of the brewery workers in Castle St at http://www.photolondon.org.uk/mol/mol_bool.htm
And an interesting story about the history of Combe’s at http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=22171 , including a reference to very down to earth Royal Brewhouse Dinner in 1807.
But he also has a question:
If anyone has more detail on Combe’s, would appreciate. There’s not much in The Story of Watneys.