The title page of the 1898 business directory.
Pool & Son, Family Wine and Spirit Merchants, Green Market, Penzance: “Pool’s Bar is known to-day as one of the most reliable places for first class spirits in the town…. Messrs. Pool & Son are local agents for… Barclay’s London porter… [and] Roger’s Bristol ales and stout… They import and bottle Dublin stout and Burton ales…”
The bottled beer cellar at the White Lion, 1898.
The White Lion in 2014 — recently refurbished.
The White Lion 1898 overlaid on the building as it is today. (White van initially an irritation, but there is a horse and cart in the original photo…)
James M. Cornish, Wine, Spirit and Ale Merchant, 24 Market Place, Penzance: ‘Agencies are held for the European Wine and Spirit Company, Coates’ Plymouth Gin, Martell’s and Hennessy’s Brandies, Jameson’s Irish Whisky, the Melrose Scotch Whisky and various popular brands of champagne, and also for Bass’s, Allsopp’s and the Anglo-Bavarian Brewery Company’s Ales, and Guinness’s Extra Stout.’
The entry for Messrs. Harvey of Green Market.
Charles Garton & Co, branch office, Parade Street, Penzance: ‘Messrs. Charles Garton & Co. have been prominently connected with the brewing interest of the West of England for many years past. Their head-quarters are at Bristol, where they have an extensive brewery, and turn out large quantities of their well known “Bristol” ales, for the excellence of which they were awarded a prize medal at the International Exhibition, London… All the ales and stouts sold are received directly from the Brewery, and as the consignments arrive weekly and are carefully matured at the stores, first class condition may be depended on.’
In 1898, a ‘pay to play’ business directory for Penzance listed all of its wine and spirit merchants. On this evidence, they primarly sold ‘posh’ beer from Dublin, London, Burton and Bristol, and none of them mention beer from local brewers.