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Paying James Neate

October 16, 2013

James Neate’s name crops up quite often in this blog. He was the wine and spirit merchant who moved to Market Lavington when a railway was proposed through the village. In the event he had to wait more than fifty years for the railway to be built, and that only through the northern edge of the parish. But it seems, for the most part, business flourished and James took an active part in life.

It also seems from this bill, that he sold more than just wines and spirits for amongst a list of items, bought by Mr Gye in 1901 there are no drinks at all.

A bill from James Neate of Market Lavington in 1901

A bill from James Neate of Market Lavington in 1901

However, the billing address is The Brewery, Market Lavington. This was sited behind the Red House on High Street, close to The Clays. The Neate’s retail outlet, The Brewery Tap, was on White Street. The bill indicates that the stationery had been purchased in the 1880s and was still in use in 1901. We also note at the bottom that James’ son, Norman, had receipted the bill on behalf of his father.

The items purchased all seem to have been grain related. Presumably the Gyes had poultry to feed.

Once again, the amount of free credit that traders had to extend to customers is made clear. Items purchased in July were not signed off as paid for until the end of October. In today’s terms the total of £2/11/3 is equivalent to more than £220 and up to £2000. There are different ways to calculate these things!