The Brewery Tap

Market Lavington still has two pubs – The Green Dragon and the Drummer Boy. Back in 1920 there were five. The Kings Arms closed recently and The Volunteer in the 1980s. The pub that closed in the early 1920s was called The Brewery Tap.

This was a small, single storey building on White Street. It was attached to its own small brewery which was behind the pub and also behind the Red House on High Street. That was where James Neate, wine and spirit merchant and brewer lived.

The pub can be seen here in a view which is similar to the one seen yesterday. This picture is probably Edwardian.

The Brewery Tap, White Street, Market Lavington in the early years of the twentieth century

We can see that the pub was alongside The Clays and, once again we are looking along White Street and past Beech House.

By 1920, James’s son, Norman had taken over. He became the last commercial brewer in Market Lavington.

After the pub closed, it was converted into dwelling houses. People in their 90s have memories of the builders at work, adding an upstairs to the old building.

For some years the houses were known as ‘The Old Tap’. These days they just have their White Street numbers.

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5 Responses to “The Brewery Tap”

  1. A Neate Barrel « Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] James Neate 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 run by his son, Norman Neate (click here). […]

  2. Cris Wiles Says:

    Hi i Live at number 7 and even though i do not use it, the council still call through as the old tap.

    i like to keep the name used as often as i can.

  3. The Brewery Tap « Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] old building was recorded in photos and we have seen some before. You could click here to see one of […]

  4. John Williams Says:

    Hello, My name is John Williams and I live at number 9 with my wife Brigid. We moved into the house, which is named ‘Ruthlands’ in 1999. Nelson Andrews lived next door at number 7 at that time. Nelson recalled moving into the house when it was newly converted between 1920 and 1922, he was about four. He lived there the rest of his life; he told me his parents gave him the house when he got married (don’t know the year).

    Peggy Gye told me that the Market Lavington Station Master lived in number 9 at some point. Is there any information regarding this?

    Kind regards

    John Williams

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