James Neate of Market Lavington

James Neate was a brewer and retailer of alcoholic drinks. He was born about 1829 in Oxfordshire, but by 1861 he was married to Martha and living on High Street in Market Lavington where he had a brewery.

Over the years, the family grew. One of his children, Norman, took over the business and became the last commercial brewer in the village.

The censuses from 1861 to 1901 show that James had become a long term Market Lavington resident. He became a member of the Loyal Volunteers and had his own trade tokens made. We have examples of these in Market Lavington Museum.

In fact, the museum’s newest acquisition is one of James Neate’s 2-gallon stoneware jars.

James Neate wine jar - new to Market Lavington Museum in May 2010

This jar joins a little collection of very similar jars for we already had two James Neate jars, not to mention a couple of barrels, in the museum.

Another James Neate jar at Market Lavington Museum

Third of a trio of James Neate wine jars at Market Lavington Museum


Martha died in 1898, but James lived until he was aged 90, in 1920. Both are buried in Market Lavington churchyard.

Sadly, we do not have a photograph of James at Market Lavington Museum although we have a good collection of items associated with him and his business. We’d love a photo. Can you help?

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3 Responses to “James Neate of Market Lavington”

  1. James Neate’s Helmet Box « Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] Neate has featured before in these pages. For a  history of the life of James you could click here. Briefly, James was a brewer and wine merchant in Market Lavington during the second half of the […]

  2. Patrick Lee Says:

    I am a great-grandson of James and Martha. I have a small amount of information about him that I could send you. Please contact.
    Patrick Lee,
    Port Macquarie NSW,

  3. A Neate Barrel « Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] has featured before on these pages. We have looked at his life and some of his earthenware bottles (click here). We have seen his rather splendid helmet box (click here). We have seen the pub he ran – later […]

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