History on the Pound Lane, Wareham Brewery...
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Salisbury and Winchester Journal: Monday, 10th August 1835
Strong Beer and Porter for Sale. Wareham, Dorset
To be sold by auction, on the Premises, without the least reservation, by L. S. Green, on Saturday, the 15th day of August, 1835, about 14.400 gallons of genuine Strong Beer and Porter, saved from the calamitous fire at Mr. Samuel Townsend's Brewery, Wareham. Also the Casks of the same. The above will be sold at per gallon, not under one hogshead in each lot, and the purchasers will be required to find casks for the respective lots. Sale to commence punctually at two o'clock.
Western Gazette – Friday, 1st November 1895
Brewery Fire at Wareham - Extensive Damage
Early yesterday (Thursday) morning a fire broke out at Mssrs. Panton’s Brewery,Wareham and caused considerable damage before it could be extinguished. About 11pm on Wednesday evening, when one of the workmenmade his rounds, nothing wrong was noticed, and everything seemed all right at 1am, when the policeman passed. About 2am, however, the Misses Selby, who live opposite, were aroused by a strong glare, and the brewery was seen to be on fire. Mr John Pinrce was the earliest on the spot and, ringing the fire-bell, the firemen, with two manual engines, were quickly on the scene and an excellent supply of water being near at hand the firemen were able tos top the conflagration from spreading to Mr. Faber’s residence or the offices adjoining the brewery. A bicyclist was despatched to Poole for their steam engine, which arrived at six o’clock, but by this time the fire had been got under. Mr Faber is away from home,but a telegram was despatched to him informing him of the disaster. Considerable damage has been done to the fabric and machinery, but the stock of beer, spirits &c., were saved. At present it is impossible to form an estimate of the amount of damage, but it is understood to be fully covered by insurance.
Bournemouth Guardian: Saturday, 2nd November 1895
Serious Fire at a Wareham Brewery
Another narrow escape of a large destruction of property took place at Wareham on Thursday morning. Wareham Brewery, which has lately been taken by Mr Charles Faber, and which is still worked under the old style of Panton & Co.,was the scene of the conflagration. It seems that about two o’clock in the morning, Mrs Prince, who resides in the vicinity, heard crackling apparently of timber, as if on fire. Her husband rose, and on discovering that the brewery was on fire, roused the police, and then went for the antiquated old fire bell in the Almehouse. Very soon the Wareham Fire Brigade, captained by Mr John Lews, was on the spot, when it was discovered that the flames had complete hold of the interior of the north eastern portion of the brewery. Happily, there was a plentiful supply of water, the premises being close to the river , and the Brigade was assisted by a heavy fall of rain. Captain Lews, who found that the brewery portion of the premises was completely alight, diverted his attention to cutting off the flames from that portion and the offices in which he was successful. Messrs. Armitage, Clapham, and the staff concentrated their efforts in preventing the flames from gaining access to the spirits and wine department, being successful in their endeavours, whilst several of the townpeople rendered very efficient help. About three o’clock the roof fell in, and from that time the firemen began to have a complete mastery over the flames. A messenger was despatched to Poole on a bicycle for the Poole Fire Brigade, and they received the call at 4.45 and their powerful steam engine and brigade started off as soon as possible, reaching Wareham, a distance of seven miles, about half past six. Practically the fire on their arrival was extinguished, although there were two or three slight bursts of flame from the debris. On viewing the premises about seven it was found that the plant was destroyed, and the roof was completely gone. The clerical department, as before stated, remains intact, as does also the brewery house, the residence of Mr and Mrs Charles Faber. Mr Faber is, however, away at Aldershot, where he has been for a month undergoing training for the Yeomanry, of which he has lately been gazetted a Lieutenant, and was to return to Wareham on Thursday. Various rumours as to the cause are afloat, but it is supposed to have originated in a flue, as when one of the employes names Cook left on Wednesday night at 10 o’clock it was all right.
Southern Times & Dorset Herald – Saturday, 2nd November 1895
On Thursday a fire broke out at Messrs. Panton’s brewery at Wareham. The firemen were quickly on the spot, and the Poole Fire Brigade arrived with all speed, but before the flames could be subdued a great deal of damage was done. It is believe the loss will be covered by insurance.
Western Gazette – Saturday, 13th December 1895
Wareham - The Recent Fire at the Brewery
The cost incurred through the attendance of the Poole Fire Brigade and steam engine at the brewery fire on Oct. 31st was £20 12s 3d, and the Poole Town Council have directed the bill for this amount to be presented to Messrs. Panton & Company for payment.
Southern Times & Dorset County Chronicle: Saturday, 25th July 1863
Spearbush Reach, Corner Draught, Redcliff Hole Caines, Deal Yard Hold and Wareham's Pool
They caught one morning, in May, thirty nine fish, weight more than fifty score; and not being able to sell them in Wareham, they were taken to Wool fair the next day, 14th May,and sold at two pence per pound.The writer, since his remembrance, saw in a small room at Stevens, near the Rising Sun on the quay, a morning's catch of eleven fine fish. Within the past three years a neighbour of his was invited to dine with a friend at Stokeford, a fine salmon being part of the bill of fare and three others were in the louse at that time. Every year out-of-season fish are caught in this way, and it is seldom that persons are any way backward in taking them off the hands of the persons offering them. At the present time the truth of these assertions are amply verified. IN the memory of the oldest fisherman living there were never more salmon, apparently, in the Frome, than now, not withstanding all the depredations committed on them. Whey not therefore adopt the provisions of the Act, - appoint proper persons to watch the stream, carry the penalties of the law into effect; let it be known that at last someone is awake to the urgency of the case,and the carriers out of these measures will be hailed as some of the greatest benefactors of their neighbourhood? The hoop-net, just above Wareham bridge, is in the exclusive royalty of J. H. Calcraft, Esq., of Rempstone Hall, and is at present granted to J. Panton Esq., of Wareham, who has individually exerted himself and incurred expenses solely in defence of the fishery. Cannot these gentlemen use their influence to start a society as the "River Frome Salmon-Protection Society", having a unity of purpose for this particular object? Such a society could not fail to have a most beneficial influence, and I should be thankful to the Editor of this, or any of the local papers, who would be cosmpolite enough to take up the cause, notwithstanding the writer has personally addressed, where his original communication was first sent twenty years ago. Yours truly, C. Groves.
Dorset County Chronicle: Thursday, 30th June 1864
The following is the report on the river Frome H. Fennell, Esq., H.M. Commissioner of Fisheries, to which we have made reference repeatedly our columns, and which came under discussion the Piscatorial Meeting Dorchester on Tuesday: - "The causes of the absence of salmon the Frome are plainly to be seen; there has been for length of time a barrier placed near its mouth at Wareham, through which no fish could pass: this has been removed by Mr. Panton, the present lessee. It would be quite illegal to continue it under the present Fishery Acts, and Mr Panton states that he removed it three years ago, but that it had been placed there beyond memory. The practice, he says, was to allow the fish to pass up about the middle of September. Twenty years ago seven fish were taken at one haul between this barrier, and one hundred fish almost used then to be taken a season. Latterly, before be removed the barrier, he used to take only ten or twelve fish in a season. Last year and the year before he took only one fish with his sieve net. He pays Mr. Calcraft, the present proprietor, £3 10s per annum for the fishery, and states that this fishery formerly formed part of the dowry of Queen Catharine, but cannot say how much it yielded. Some few fry are still seen to come down. Thirty or forty years ago so many came that they used to be sold large quantities. No protection whatsoever was given to the few fish which were permitted to ascend; and this brief history of the river Frome, furnished by Mr Panton, goes to show that within his own knowledge all manner of abuses have existed for the last half century quite sufficient to annihilate altogether salmon of the Frome, did not possess a strong inherent capacity to perpetuate them, but it is only just to Mr Panton to say that he is most anxious to co-operate in the removal of these abuses. The barrier next above Wareham is at Stoke Mill. It stated that some salmon come up to it, and that few get above it, but must be very few indeed. This dam is a great impediment, and requires ladder and such arrangement of the eel-traps will allow salmon to pass up. The next obstruction is at Castle Bindon Mill: it is quite impossible for salmon to surmount it, and the eel-traps here also are very detrimental. This weir requires a ladder and the eel-traps be arranged. If these two impediments were overcome, which they can be at a moderate expense, the fish would have access to the Frome. Captain Fyler's and Mr Frampton's hatches are easily dealt with - they scarcely require any expense to be incurred. If, discharging the water, one hatch be raised entirely, or nearly so, instead of raising all or several of them partially, fish will freely pass up and down. There are some difficulties no doubt to be encountered managing rivers which are applied to irrigation, but those can in great measure be overcome by a little care. The matter most requiring to be guarded against is the destruction of the descending fish, which may be led into the cuts for consigning the water to the meadows; but be remembered that this migration downward of comparatively short duration. With regard to the fry, the great bulk of them go down April and May; and they are attended to, and helped over difficulties in getting into the main rivercourse for this short period, nearly all that is required will be accomplished. The spent or returning fish, after spawning, commence their descent January, continue through February and a portion of March. These adult fish are not so likely to enter narrow cuts as the fry, and a little attention may make them pretty safe. February, March, April, and May will comprise, the whole time of the descent of the principal part of fish, both young and old; and between keepers of game and paying a trifle to the men who attend the watering of the meadows, much of the injury arising from irrigation may be avoided. The Frome possesses a very good proportion of spawning-ground, and the complication of water-courses, arising from the system irrigation, is not so great as on the Avon, where salmon have always been in considerable numbers, and are now increasing : the difference being that the Avon was not nearly so much closed to the passage of fish as the Frome. The barrier at Wareham is now removed, and if the two next mill-dams above it which have referred to were regulated (and this can be dove without at all interfering with the milling power), salmon would at once ascend, and the impediments above those may be easily rendered facile for both the ascent and descent of the fish. I would recommend the immediate application of ladders to those two mill dams, and, if this be accomplished, the material obstacles will be removed, and there can be no doubt of restoring salmon to the Frome."
Southern Times & Dorset County Herald: Saturday, 23rd July 1881
Six salmon, weighting 101lb, were taken at one haul in the river Frome on Wednesday last by Mrs H. J. Panton's fisherman.
Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday, 27th October 1864
Wareham Sanitary Improvements - County Court
Sanitary measures were being more and more generally adopted, and he hoped that their visit of inspection that day would be more favourable than upon the last occasion, and that when they met again the afternoon they would be prepared to advise such steps to be taken would remedy any nuisance. If they would allow him he would accompany them in his private capacity to Mount Pleasant - the name appeared to him to be a misnomer - to view its sanitary condition. Permission having been granted, the jury adjourned for two hours and proceeded on its tour of inspection, Mount Pleasant being the first place visited. The drainage from several pigstyes placed at elevated position, and the offensive matter gently meandering the rear of several houses, would make it appear that with the wind blowing in the direction of the backs of the houses a residence there was not of very exhilarating character. Several other places were visited, but upon the whole we do not think that Wareham has more than its fair share of noxious vapours. If one or two other corporate towns in Dorsetshire could proportionately show as clean bill of health as Wareham, it would be a marked improvement. The jury re-assembled at two, and the foreman, Mr C. Groves, made his presentment. It alluded to Mount Pleasant and to the proximity of the pigstyes there to the cottages, and the deficiency of drainage. Instructions were ordered to be served upon the overseer requesting him to attend to the presentment within the month. The presentment called attention to the fact that in many of the places visited there was marked improvement in the sanitary condition, and was pleased that many of the suggestions to the jury made upon former occasion had been carried into effect, shewing even at this remote date that the continuance of the jury had a beneficial tendency, and that all concurred the wisdom of their ancestors in establishing such an institution. An addendum to the presentment spoke of the good effects of this annual gathering of the tradesmen, as well as that of the court leet jury, and instanced the present improved state of many spots that were generally the subject of complaint to the court on former occasions. A great improvement had been made by the waywardens of St. Mary's parish in the drainage at the lower end of East Street. The Recorder said he should be pleased to receive any suggestions to convince those out of doors that those meetings were not merely talkee-talkee. He was glad to observe that not only had the presentment not increased in length, but was lessened. Alderman Panton pointed out the way in which a covered gutter could be effectually flushed four days in the week by the refuse water from his brewery, and at a cost of a few shillings, Mr. Redman, waywarden of Holy Trinity and one of the jury, promised to attend to it. Directions and suggestions having been given and made, the court adjourned to Tuesday, 8th November.
Sherborne Mercury - Tuesday, 10th October 1865
Wareham Sanitary Improvements - County Court
The necessity of adopting measures for providing efficient drainage, and a good supply of pure water, have long and earnestly been urged upon the ratepayers of this borough by some of the more influential amongst the inhabitants. The Chairman of the Croydon Board of Health has been visiting in this neighbourhood, and on Friday sen'night, at the suggestion of Mr W. Pike, he explained to a crowded meeting, at the Town Hall, the measures adopted at Croydon for drainage and water supply, and which have there proved eminently satisfactory. A public meeting was convened for the following Tuesday, to consider whether or not the sewerage of Wareham was in a satisfactory state and the supply of water adequate, and if not, what were the means applicable to bring about an improvement, and were such within the reach of the ratepayers. The Mayor presided, and the attendance was large. Mr Panton proposed the first resolution, to the effect that the sanitary state of the town was not in a satisfactory condition, and that the inadequate drainage and the insufficient supply of water were detrimental to the health and interests of the inhabitants. Mr C. Willcox briefly seconded the motion. Mr Baggs remarked that it was useless to condemn an evil without pointing out a remedy. If they endorsed the resolution, what was the next step for them to take ? Either the carrying out of the improvements they thus acknowledged were necessary by voluntary subscriptions, or the placing themselves under the Public Health Act. Little Wareham, with its 2,200 inhabitants and £4,253 assessable value, was, he considered, not prepared at present to embark on an expensive system of drainage and water supply. Putting the cost of the public works at the lowest estimate, £5,000 he considered would be required, and supposing they agreed to pay it off in thirty years, they would have to provide for principal and interest, and the costs of officers, and the maintenance of the works; altogether he should say it would be £560 a-year, To raise this annual charge, 6s. in the £ would be required of the ratepayers. He proposed an amendment to the effect that the resolution did not coincide with their present views if it sought to bring upon them an expensive system of drainage. Mr F. Filliter reminded Mr Baggs that the resolution did not at all say what should be done, it was simply an acknowledgement of what was believed to be the fact. Mr Panton remarked that Mr Baggs appeared anxious to make them believe that he (Mr Panton) wished to tax them at the rate of 6s. in the pound yearly. He required no such thing. In the last resolution all he should have asked them was that the town be surveyed, the cost to be raised by voluntary contributions, and when they had obtained that survey to say what steps, if any, should be taken. Mr. Randall said the question seemed to be, "Did Mr Panton wish to put the town under the Local Government Act?" Mr Panton said he had not made any reference to the Local Government Act. Mr. J. W. Pike said there was a fact contained in Mr Panton's first resolution; were they prepared to admit it or not ? Mr. Baggs observed that to do so would make a stepping stone to other matters. Mr W. Spicer said they did not want the Local Board of Health; all that was required they could do among themselves. The water act which they had started had been of great service. The first resolution moved by Mr Panton was then put by the Mayor, and being lost, the meeting immediately afterwards separated.
Sherbourne Mercury - Saturday, 18th March 1848
March 9th After a lingering illness, at the residence of her son, George Panton Esq., surgeon, Dorchester, Mrs Sarah Panton, relict of the late James Panton Esq., of Wareham in her 71st year.
Salisbury & Winchester Journal - Saturday, 24th February 1849
On Wednesday last a deputation, consisting of the Mayor, Charles Baskett Esq., C. O. Bartlett, Esq., Town Clerk and Mr J. Panton waited on the Earl of Eldon at Encomb, and presented a memorial from the corporation and inhabitants of Wareham, expressing their thank for the improvements completed by his Lordship in and near the town, in the construction of a Canal and Docks, and for other measures calculated to increase the trade and conduce to the prosperity of the town of Wareham while it will materially benefit, and enhance the value of the resources of the Isle of Purbeck. The memorial was signed by nearly all the inhabitants, and its reading appeared to give great satisfaction to his Lordship, who hoped the improvements in question would realise the expectations they appeared to excite and prove a general benefit to the neighbourhood. The deputation was received by the noble Earl int he most friendly and hospitable manner, and the members were introduced to Lady Eldon and family, and, after partaking of a luncheon, returned much gratified by their reception.
Sherborne Mercury - Tuesday, 24th September 1850
On Monday week Clavelt Filliter, Esq., was duly elected Mayor of Wareham in the room of J. Panton Esq., and the circumstance was celebrated in the revival of the old custom of a merry peak from St. Mary's Church. The corporation breakfasted as usual at the Red Lion Inn. This election has given general satisfaction: Mr Filliter being universally respected by all classes.
Salisbury and Winchester Journal - Saturday, 14th June 1856
Wareham Dorsetshire - Posting House & Commercial Inn
To be let, and entered upon immediately, - All that old-established POSTING-HOUSE, and first-rate COMMERCIAL HOTEL and MARKET INN, known as the “BLACK BEAR HOTEL,” most eligibly situated in Wareham with an extensive Yard, partly covered in with glass, excellent stabling, coach-houses, and other suitable buildings, in which are a good Business has been carried on for many years. The whole of the Premises are in thorough repair, and the House is fitted up and furnished with every requisite convenience. The coming is moderate. For further particulars and to treat, applications may be made to Mr Panton, Wareham. Wareham, June 5, 1856.
Southern Times and Dorset County Herald - Saturday, 4th September 1858
Special Petty Sessions
Friday, before W. C. Lambert, Esq., (Chairman) C. Parke, D. F. G. Dalton Willitt, L. Adye, G. Chruchill, E. Castleman, Esqrs., and the Rev. Carr J. Glyn. This was a special sessions for the annual granting of licences to victuallers. All the old ones were renewed, and those who had complaints preferred against them by the police were cautioned that if there were any future complaint the Bench were determined to suspend the licence. Thomas Sansom, beer-house keeper, applied for a new licence. He stated that his house was fitted up for the reception of travellers, and that he rented under Mr Panton, the brewer of Wareham, who, however, was not aware of his making this application. He produced testimonials from the minister, overseers, &c. Mr Parr, jun., of Poole, opposed and stated the requirements of the parish needed not another house; there had been one spirit house in the parish for the last fifty years, and the population were very poor and had not increased. The Bench held a long consultation and granted the application. The Chairman informed the applicant and all others that in the event of a complaint against the house, and the landlord should seek to avoid it by letting his house, the Bench would in every case refuse to transfer the licence, and houses badly conducted would be dealt with more rigorously than heretofore.
10th December 1858
Letters of Administration
10th December - Duncan Panton, Effects Under £100 - Letters of Administration of the Personal estate and effects of Duncan Panton late of Wareham in the County of Dorset, a Bachelor deceased who died 12 October 1858 at Bournemouth in the County of Southampton were granted at Blandford to James Panton of Wareham aforesaid Brewer the Father of the said Deceased having been first sworn.
Salisbury & Winchester Journal - Saturday, 31st August 1861
Second Dorset Rifles
We are pleased to announce that a handsome silver cup will be contended for at the butts, by the members of the 2nd Dorset, on Monday the 9th of September, being the day of the election of Mayor for the borough of Wareham. The cup has been given by one of the Aldermen, James Panton, Esq., and is an elegantly chased article.
Salisbury & Winchester Journal - Saturday, 20th December 1862
On the 12th inst., at Wareham, Dorset, Mary Sarah, the beloved wife of James Panton Esq., aged 49.
Salisbury and Winchester Journal - Saturday, 5th July 1862
Odd Fellows Anniversary
A meeting of the Society of Odd-Fellows for this district took place on Monday, when the attendance was unusually large. The members of the various lodges mustered very strong, and, with their full regalia, had most pleasing effect. The members assembled in the Castle Close, by permission of J. Panton, Esq., from whence they proceeded, at ten o’clock, through the principal streets of the town, accompanied by the Wareham and Blandford cornopean bands. Each lodge had its separate banner and regalia. The new banner of the Wareham lodge was much admired. There were present lodges from Lytchett Matravers, Bere Regis, Blandford, Wimborne, Dorchester, Weymouth, and four from Poole, numbering in the whole but little short of four hundred members. The procession reached St. Mary’s Church at eleven; the Rev. S. R. Capel, rector, officiated, and preached a short but admirably suitable sermon from Galatians vi. 2, Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. The church was crowded, and to the discourse of the rev. gentleman the congregation was deeply attentive. The duties of the choir were effectively performed, and gave general satisfaction. The lodges and many visitors dined together in a splendid marquee, on the lawn before Bestwall House; the dinner was provided by Mr Watt, of the Antelope Inn, James Panton, Esq., mayor of Wareham, in the chair, supported right and left by visiting gentry. After the removal of the cloth, the chairman proposed the Queen,” Prince of Wales,” and other loyal toasts, in his usual happy style, which was responded to with cheers; Eyers’ band playing appropriate pieces to each. The Army and Navy and Rifle Volunteers, especially the officers and members of the 2nd Dorset- Captain Fairer and Lieut. Lacey, to the latter of whom they were indebted to the pleasant and spacious spot on which they were then assembled. (Cheers.) Success to the Lodges of the District, and the extension of the Order,” connecting with the toast the health of the District Secretary, Mr. W. Western, who Responded to the toast, and gave an outline of the present state of Oddfellowship, and its progress in this district. The Rev. J. Nutter then proposed the Chairman*B health, with thanks for the admirable way in which be had presided over them. Mr Panton responded, and the company began to take themselves to the other amusements of the day. Visitors were admitted to the field at half-past three, which was soon crowded to excess, and nearly two thousand persons were at times present, among them various gentry of the town and neighbourhood. The principal attraction was a capital collection of flowers, fruit, and vegetables, which were exhibited in a separate tent; and considering the shortness of the notice, and that every specimen was exhibited voluntarily and not in competition for prizes, the collection was most admirable. The amusements were various, and space was railed off and especially set apart for quadrilles, As the time passed in universal good humour, and as the shades of evening began to close around, the visitors departed from the field and returned to their homes, quite satisfied, we are sure, with the day’s proceedings.
Western Gazette - Saturday, 11th April 1863
Grand Display of Fireworks
A beautiful display of fireworks placed in a field kindly lent for the purpose by J. Panton, Esq. Some mischievous person cut the line along which the rockets were discharged on the 10th of March, a number remained on hand. The committee, therefore, determined to make a further and varied supply in order to give the public an extra treat. We could hardly believe they were made by the committee, as we have often seen displays by professed pyrotechnics far inferior. The firey fountain, varied coloured light, sky line and wheel rockets, were greatly admired. The proceedings of the evening were enlivened by the Wareham Brass Band, who kindly gave their services.
Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday, 25th February 1864
Sale of the Town Pump
After spirited competition for the stone town pump, at the Market Cross. Wareham. Tuesday order of the Mayor, for useful and beneficial objects, which will be determined on by him with the advice of the corporation, It was knocked down Messrs. Best and Spicer, auctioneers, to Mr. Petts, late of Dorchester, and now of the Black Bear Hotel, Wareham, for the sum of £5 10s.
Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday, 22nd December 1864
Preparation for Christmas
The good folks of Wareham will, we think, have no occasion to find fault with the supply of "creature comforts" provided for them on the arrival of "Old Father Christmas." Wholesale purchases, which are adapted for this festive period of the year, seem to have been taken advantage of, "the roast beef of Old England" being abundant on most of the stalls. In taking a glance at the various shops we find that Mr. Davis exhibits a prime ox, fed by Mr Senior, of Hinton St. Mary; it won the prize at Stalbridge, and weighs close on 80 score. He has also a heifer which won the prize at Sturminster Newton; and amongst a number of sheep one, we think the finest and fattest we have seen, was bred and fed on the Farquharson estate. There was also some very fine mutton from the farms of Mr Groves, of Weymouth, and Mr. Panton, of Wareham. Mr. Warren displays a capital four-year-old heifer, bred Mr Miles, of West Orchard, near Shaftesbury, as well as very excellent three year old; several wether Down sheep, fed on Mr Panton's farm, as well as some superior heath mutton of the owner's own rearing; indeed Mr Warren is celebrated for introducing a description of mutton in Wareham which for quality and flavour is equal to Welsh or Portland. Mr Whittle has slaughtered some beasts of a most superior description, such as must gratify the most fastidious gourmand. Of mutton there was most excellent supply. Mr Palmer has a beautiful young heifer, a model of perfection, put out of hand, if we may use the expression, in a most workman like manner; he has also a capital show of mutton, together with the best pork quality and quantity exhibited. Mr Dugdale has an extensive selection of turkeys, geese, a general display of game, and from forty to fifty Jersey geese, &c. Mr Spicer has a quantity of geese and turkeys, plucked and in many instances prepared for the spit certainly the finest lot of English geese we have seen, and the turkeys ranking A 1. Altogether the display from every shop in the town is excellent, speaks well for the catering abilities of all. .
Bridport News - Saturday, 2nd September 1865
Robert Mitchell was charged by Mr J. Panton brewer, of Wareham, with stealing a beer cask value 4s 6d. Three days' imprisonment.
Taunton Courier and Western Advertiser - Wednesday, 21st February 1866
County Court. Drax v. Panton. This section apeared to excite considerable interest. We noticed that all the professional men of the town were present, Mr W. H. Atkinson, of Blandford, appeared on behalf of the plaintiff; and Mr Kemp-Welsh, of Poole, represented the defendent, a gentleman in considerable business in Wareham - Mr Panton. Some three or four years since, agreed with Mr Drax to rent some waste land at a place in the borough, called Cold Harbour; Mr Panton subsequently drained, and otherwise improved the land - Mr Atkinson stated the object of the plaintiff to be to recover possession of several parcels of land, with the yard and buildings or erections thereon, and also net profits from March last. He called Mr Melmoth, who proved having acknowledged Miss Drax as landlady. It was, however, admitted that the plaintiff could not make out that the buildings erected by Mr Panton were on land included in that rented by the defendant - Mr Kemp-Welch, on rising to address the Court, was interrupted by Mr Atkinson, who thought, after the withdrawal of the buildings, and the proved admissions by Mr Panton that his advocate could have no locus standi Mr Welch, however, proceeded, and stated that the defendant did not enter into possession of the land from which he was now sought to be evicted under an agreement with the present plaintiff. Here Mr Atkinson again interrupted, and some banter took place between the legal gentlemen. Mr Welch, however, was permitted to proceed. He was instructed that at the time of letting he was member for Wareham and Mr Panton had sufficient faith in Mr Draw to lay out upwards of £900 upon the land - Mr Atkinson again asked what right Mr Welch had to go into such irrelevant matter. Mr Welch wished the Court to understand that he had come there with a bona fide case, and that there were grounds of defence had already been admitted by the plaintiff. Besides this it was a fact that Mr Drax had assumed still to act in the management of the property. He would read a letter from him to the defendant - Mr Atkinson: I do protest against this - Mr Welch: Why, surely the plaintiff would not object to the reading of a letter written by her father. It is dated 27th September, 1864, headed "Wareham Boro',' and begins, 'Dear' - Mr Atkinson: I will not allow it. - Mr Welch: Well, Mr Panton had been dear to Mr Drax once. He writes:
Dear Sir, In consequence of Mr Calcraft's opposition to me, in the borough, I am obliged to make as many votes as possible, and therefore obliged to serve you with a notice to quit the land you occupy under the Charbro' Estate. Yours faithfully J.S.W.S.E. Drax.
To James Panton Esq., Wareham
The Judge said he must make an order for possession of the land, and asked what time would satisfy, whereupon Mr Panton (who was sitting beside his advocate) observed he was prepared to accede to an immediate order. He considered he had been used in the most unhandsome way, and was most unfairly dealt with. He was, however, satisfied to present the plaintiff with all the improvements on the land. He had reaped an advantage from them, and could only regret the confidence he had placed in Mr Draw when he took the land. The Judge then made an order for possession in fourteen days, but added "I shall give the plaintiff no costs".
Western Gazette - Friday, 02nd March 1866
Treat to Workmen
Treat to workmen – on Thursday, J. Panton, Esq., gave the men in his employ at the Wareham Brewery, a dinner, and on the following morning a lunch. This took place at the Antelope Inn, Host Davis providing plenteously and in an excellent manner. Clavell Filliter, Esq., took the chair, supported by Mr James Panton, and Mr Henry Panton took the vice-chair. The evening was spent with speeches from Mr J. Panton and others; various songs being interspersed. A very comfortable evening was spent between those employed and the employer and his friends.
Western Gazette - Friday, 19th March 1869
Mr James Panton of the Wareham and Swanage breweries, has been presented with a silver claret jug, which bore the following inscription: - "Presented to James Panton Esq., by the tenants and employes upon his retiring from business, as a token of the respect and esteem in which he has always been held by them".
Salisbury & Winchester Journal - Saturday, 17th July 1869
On the 13th inst., at St. Pancras Church, by the Rev. Weldney Champneys, son of the very Rev. he Dean of Lichfield, Henry James, second son of James Panton, Esq., of Wareham, Dorset to Elizabeth, second daughter of Thomas Docwra, Esq., of Swanage, Dorset, and London.
Southern Times and Dorset County Herald - Saturday, 20th August 1870
A goodly number of the principal inhabitants of Swanage, Studland, Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck generally assembled on Friday evening last at the Ship Hotel for the purpose of presenting to Mr H. W. Charrington, the late manager of Messrs. Panton's brewery, in this town,a handsome and substantial testimonial, in the shape of a massive and elaborately wrought silver inkstand, of the value of upwards of 40 guineas. The party sat down to a first-class supper, supplied by Host Fooks, to which ample justice was done, and the company testified their high appreciation of the excellent catering. Mr G. Burt, of Purbeck House, occupied the chair, and after the removal of the cloth the preliminary toasts were disposed of with due enthusiasm. Mr Burt observed he was now to lay before them "the toast of the evening". They were all met in that pleasant, social and kindly manner to welcome their friend on his right (Mr Charrington), and to give him substantial evidence of their kindliness and good feeling towards him on the event of his removal from their midst to commence business in another locality. He wished justice to the occasion; but of this he was sure -no one could be more sincere in the few remarks he would make, and hence they must excuse what inability and failings they might discover. Mr Charrington, he said, was a gentleman well known in this locality by all. He was beloved, valued and respected, because in all matters, on all public and general occasions, he was ever ready to assist, ever ready to do all the good he possibly could, and ever manifested that kind, courteous and gentlemanly manner and bearing that it won for him the goodwill, respect, and high opinion which he believed one and all had and felt for him. He believed he had been ready on all occasions when his presence and aid were solicited or required and had always endeavoured to do the best he could in a kind, genuine, and just manner, and especially for the past few years in the various matters and meetings on Freemasonry he could testify to this. But, as time rolled on and the decree of changing circumstances had caused him to remove to another sphere of duty, he sincerely hoped and doubted not but that, whilst they would lose a good and valued friend, it would be for the benefit of Mr Charrington and his family. He would carry with him the goodwill and hearty and sincere good wishes of them all, and they hoped on many future occasions to have the pleasure of meeting him and enjoying social happy gatherings like the present. They wished him many years of health, happiness and success to enjoy the use of the excellent and substantial memento of twelve years acquaintanceship and friendship, and that when the time arrived that he should be summoned to the Grand Lodge above, leaving it as a heirloom to his family and as a testimony to them of the valued labours of their father. Lastly, he observed, a piece of parchment accompanied this with a beautifully illumined inscription, containing the names of about 150 who subscribed,but which number would probably have included all Swanage had it been canvassed. Mr Charrington's health was then drunk with three times three and musical honours, after which he briefly but very appropriately replied with mingled feelings of pain and pleasure. He observed he never should or could forget the kind and flattering and overwhelming compliment which had been paid him that evening and should ever regard with deep and sincere thanks the very kind feeling shown him, and the very kind things said of him. He should indeed value and preserve as a heirloom the costs gift, and hoped he should be able to join them on many future occasions. The proceedings were afterwards on a very convivial character, and with a few pleasant songs and social kindly mirth the party spent a happy and pleasant evening, and separated at a good and reasonable hour.
Southern Times & Dorset County Herald - Saturday, 1st October 1872
A meeting of the Town Council of this borough, for the purpose of electing an alderman in the room of Mr Arthur Bingham Treveuen, who has left the town, took place on Friday last at the Mayor's office, when Mr James Albert Panton, of the firm of James A. and H. J. Panton, of Wareham brewers, was unanimously elected to fill the vacant office. The members of the Council present were - The Mayor (Mr. Woodruffe Daniel), Alderman Bennett, J. Panton, and Randall, and Councillors Yearsley, Card, Bennett, J. A. Panton, and Skewes.
Western Gazette - Friday, 25th October 1872
Mr. James Albert Panton was sworn in on Tuesday morning at the Town Hall as Mayor for the year ensuing.
Western Gazette - Friday, 2nd January 1874
The Death of James Panton Esq.
Took place at his residence, East-street House, Wareham on Sunday evening. The deceased succeeded to his father's business as a brewer, and conducted the same for many years in Church-lane premises; but afterwards extended it even to London. He was elected to the office of alderman of the borough some years ago, and on two occasions since has filled the civic chair. He was a Freemason, and was elected to the W.M.'s chair. We understand that the cause death was paralysis, from an attack of which, two or three years since, he never recovered.
Western Gazette - Friday, 10th April 1874
Wanted - a good PLAIN COOK, a middle-aged person preferred. Apply to Mrs Henry Panton, Wareham, Dorset.
Western Gazette - Friday, 10th July 1874
Wanted - Cottage found; good wages given. Apply to Henry J. Panton, Wareham, Dorset..
Poole and Dorset Herald - Thursday, 16th July 1874
Notice is Hereby Given
That all creditors and other persons having any claim or demands upon or against the estate of James Panton, late of East Street, Wareham, in the county of Dorset. Gentleman, deceased (who died on the twenty-seventh day of December, 1873, and whose will proved in the principal registry of Her Majesty's Court of Probate on the 30th day of June, 1874, by James Albert Panton and Henry John Panton, both of Wareham aforesaid Brewers, the Executors therein names), are hereby required to send in to the said Executors, or to us, the undersigned, on their behalf, the particulars in writing of their Claims or Demands, on or before the Sixth day of August, 1874, after which day the said Executors will distribute the assets of the said Testator amongst the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the Claims and Demands of, which the said Executors shall then have had notice; and the said Executors shall then have had notice; and the said Executors will not be liable for the Assets so distributed, or any part thereof to any Person, of whose Debt, Claim, or Demand, they shall not then have had notice. And all Debtors to the Estate of the said James Panton, are requested forthwith to pay the sums due from either to us, or the said Executors. Dated this Second day of July 1874. Marshfield and Hutchings, Wareham, Dorset.
Salisbury & Winchester Journal - Saturday, 17th February 1877
Death of Mr Panton
We announce with much regret an event which has caused deep sorrow to the inhabitants of the borough. It is the much lamented death of Mr H. J. Panton. His great kindness to the poor of all denominations, and to those in his service, cannot be too highly spoken of, and the respect in which he was held by all in Wareham has been evidenced by the close shutters of the tradesmen and the drawn blinds in every private house. The deceased gentleman was respected by all, and was a good husband, a good father, and a good neighbour. He was an alderman of the borough, and it is is felt universally a successor equal to the Mr Panton to fill the vacancy so sadly caused by his decease cannot easily be found. The funeral took lace on Monday, when the courtege let Mr Panton's late residence in East Street in the following order for Swanage cemetery:
The Mayor and Corporation
Undertakers: Mr R. Hooper and Mr J. Bear
Funeral Car with corpose
Pall: Purpose, with white cross and white silk frill
Mrs H. Panton, Mr J. Panton (brother of deceased) and Mrs Panton
Second: Mr Daniells, Mr Homer, Mr Homer, jun., and Mr Hopkins
Third: Mr Marshfield, Rev. E. Trotman, and Mr Docwra
Fourth: Mr Hutchings and Mr Fowler
Fifth: The carriage of Mr J. H. Calcraft, Rempton Hall
Tradesmen and Friends from Swanage
Twenty men in the employ of the firm
The Burial Service was conducted by the Rev. D. Travers, rector, assisted by the Rev. E. Trotman, WImborne Minster. Every mourner carried a wreath of flowers to place on the coffin, which was of polished oak, with silver furniture; on the cover, in addition to the plate, was a crown, enriched with purple velvet. It was made by Messrs. Beer and Son.
Poole and Dorset Herald - Thursday, 31st May 1877
Henry John Panton, Deceased
Pursuant to the Statute 22nd and 23rd Victoria, cap 35, intituled "As Act to further amend the Law of Property and to relieve Trustees".
Notice is hereby given, that all creditors and the persons, having any claims or demands upon or against the estate of Henry John Panton, late of Wareham, in the County of Dorset, Brewer, Deceased (who died on the Ninth day of February, 1877), and whose will was proved int he Principal Registry of the Probate Division of Her Majesty's High Court of Justice on the Ninth day of May, 1877, by Elizabeth Panton of Wareham, are said, Widow and Relict of the said Deceased, and Robert Coleman Hutchings, of Wareham aforesaid, Gentleman, two of the Executors therein named, are hereby required to send Executors therein named, are hereby required to send in to the said Executors, or to us, the undersigned on their behalf, the particulars in writing of their claims or demands, on or before the 25th day of July, 1877, after which day the said Executors will distribute the Assets of the said Testator amongst the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the Claims and Demands of which the said Executors shall then have had notice;and the said Executors will not be liable for the Assets so distributed, or any part thereof to any person, or whose debt, claim, or demand they shall not then have had notice. And all debtors to the Estate of the said Henry John Panton are requested forthwith to pay the sums due from them either to us or the said Executors. Dated this 23rd day of May 1877. Marshfield and Hutchings, Wareham, Dorset.
Western Gazette - Friday, 18th January 1878
Wanted - (Thoroughly good) for an infant. Good needlewoman indispensable. Address Mrs Panton, Wareham, Dorset.
Southampton Times & Dorset County Herald - Saturday, 1st February 1879
The children attending the Holy Trinity Infant School had their annual treat on Tuesday afternoon. The happy party numbered about 200; amongst the kind friends present were the Rector and Mrs Everett, the Hon. and Rev. A. R. Spring-Rice, Miss Coombs and Misses Panton. A capital tea was provided, and the schoolmistress (Mrs Salisbury) was zealous in ministering tot he comfort of the little ones. The expenses were met by subscriptions kindly collected by the Misses Panton.
Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday, 6th February 1879
Penny Bank Entertainment
On Thursday last a novel and interesting entertainment was given in the Corn Exchange in connection with the Wareham Stobourugh and Arne Penny Bank. The doors were opened at seven p.m. and in a few minutes every seat in the house was occupied, and, although everything was done to accommodate such an unexpectedly large audience, yet those who came at all late had to be content with standing room. Many observed that the Exchange had never before been so crowded. The room was very prettily decorated with appropriate mottoes designed by the Misses Newman, Sansom, and Meader. One corner was occupied by the large screen for receiving the dissolving views; it was fitted up to represent a stage, behind it being the limelight apparatus and about 50 children belonging to the penny bank, who had been trained to sing appropriate songs by the indefatigable exertions of Mr Goodchild. Punctually at half past seven the gas was turned out, and, whilst an exquisite overture was played ont he piano by Mrs Panton, the curtain appeared to rise on the screen, disclosing Little Nelly going to Farringdon Market. Mrs Sewell's well known ballad, entitled "Our Father's Care", was then read by Mrs Panton, the various scenes described being beautifully illustrated by dissolving views. At the conclusion of the first part the children sang "Catch the Sunshine" accompanied by Miss Skewes, and were loudly applauded. Next followed a view of Bethlehem, showing the shepherds and the Star in the East, and "Suddenly the Herald Angels appeared". The children sang "Ring the Bell, Watchman", and the whole effect was very pleasing. It would occupy too much space to describe all the programme - the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter Scenes; Lisbon and the Earthquake; the King's Messengers (a beautiful allegorical tale illustrated by twelve views); the View of the Needles, with waves rolling and birds flying (during which the children sang "Rule Britannia"; the Ship in full sail; the Storm; the Ship on Fire (which was illustrated by Mr F. Hibbs singing "Man the Lifeboat", accompanied by Miss Skewes. The applause was long and continued. After an hour and three quarters had thus pleasantly passed, it was found that the limelight was exhausted, and the gas was again lighted, and some humorous readings were now given by Mrs Panton, Mr Goodchild and Mr J. A. Drew. Miss Bennett sang with great success "Castles in the Air", and Mr Smith and Mr Hibbs having rendered a duet very effectively, this pleasant evening's entertainment was brought to a close. We may add all the children belonging to the Wareham, Stoborough and Arne penny bank,numbering about 150 were admitted free and before leaving for home were kindly presented with buns and oranges by Master and Miss Panton. The Arne children came in waggons, lent for the occasion by the Earl of Eldon. On Friday evening, through the kindness of Mrs Hartley and the trustees of the penny bank, arrangements were made for the repetition of the entertainment or the benefit of the children belonging to the Wareham and Stoborough Day and Sunday Schools, all of whom, together with the depositors in the penny bank and the union children,numbering n all about 500, were admitted free. When these were seated he doors were thrown open, and more than 700 were present when the entertainment commenced, no charge being made for admission. Although so many children were thus assembled together in the dark, the behaviour was exceedingly good. The programme on the second evening included nearly 200 scenes. The King's Messengers was explained to the children by Mr Goodchild in a very interesting manner. A reading by Mr G. Hobbs, jun., in the Dorset dialect, excited shouts of laughter, and a song "Little Gypsy Jane" by Mrs Bennett, accompanied by Miss Skewes, was loudly applauded and encored. The children were very delighted with "Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp", read by Mrs Panton and illustrated by 16 views as astonishing as the tale itself. The popular song "Nancy Lee", was admirably rendered by Mr J. Crumpler, but the most beautiful effect remains to be described. Lutterworth Church was represented first at break of day, then in the full sunlight, and lastly by moonlight. As the various scenes were shown Mrs Panton played a beautiful arrangement of bells on the piano, which when the church was seen lighted up for evening service was changed into the Evening Hymn, the children softly joining in. It would be endless even to name the views afterwards disclosed. It did one good to hear the burst of admiration as the lovely scenes appeared and the roars of laughter when the comic slides wer eon the screen. We feel sure they will not forget heir treat for years to come. The union children before entering and leaving the Corn Exchange played some pieces very nicely on whistlepipes and triangles. They were presented with buns, oranges and sweetmeats before departing. It is satisfactory to learn the receipts on Thursday amounted to £7 2s 11d., whilst the expenses for the two evenings did not exceed £5 14s. This is the more pleasing as it is intended ot keep the penny bank entirely self-supporting. The entertainment was got up - fist for the purpose of giving the depositors a treat without having to beg for the necessary funds, and secondly in order that the utility of the bank might be brought before the notice of the public. Both these designs have been gained, and we heartily congratulate the trustees on their success. The slides were obtained from Messrs. Newton & Co., London, and were exhibited by Mr. Burnam using his limelight apparatus.
Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday, 13th May 1880
Swanage - The Brewery
Mr J. A. Panton, one of the partners of Panton Brothers, of the Wareham and Swanage Brewery, having gained entry into the brewery house here on Thursday last with sufficient assistance, put the furniture and effects of the late manager, Mr G. Bell, out into the road, there being a dispute as to the legality of the dismissal and ejectment of the late manager.
Salisbury & Winchester Journal - Saturday, 12th March 1881
A local action at Westminster - In the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division, Westminster, on Tuesday, Lord Chief Justice Coleridge and a special jury heard the case of Bell vs. Panton. This was an action to recover damages for alleged wrongful dismissal of plaintiff from his position a clerk to the defendant, and for alleged the conversion of goods. Defendant pleaded that he had a right to discharge and eject, and made a counter-claim. Mr Kemp, Q.C., and Mr Bucknell appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr Day, Q.C. and Mr Hannon for the defendant. The defendant is a member of the firm Messrs. Panton who are brewers, malsters, and spirit merchants at Wareham and Swanage. The plaintiff was engaged at a salary of 140l per annum, to attend to the business of the firm at their brewery. Notice of dismissal and to leave the house in question was served on the plaintiff, and resisted. There was a claim also for damages in respect of injury to furniture and loss of jewellery. The furniture was alleged to be worth 400l;, and it was sold for 170l, Mr Henry Bell, the plaintiff deposed that he entered into the service of Messrs. Panton as manager of the brewery, and also general assistant. He occupied a dwelling house at Swanage. He remained in the employment of the firm until the death of Mr H. Panton in 1877. He found himself then one of the executors and trustees. That position he renounced, as it would have been inconvenient to be in the double position of master and servant. Mr Dockrale occupied the position thus resigned. Differences arose among the trustees. In September Mr Panton told him that he was dissatisfied because he had gone out shooting the day before. He had been allowed and invited to shoot. He followed a wounded snipe over a hedge, and was fined by the magistrates. At that time, not being aware of his legal position, he did not object to the notice . The Lord Chief Justice: What was the legal position? Mr Bucknell said that the business was carried on by James Panton and the executors under the will, and the executors not giving the plaintiff notice, and not agreeing to the notice being given, he was entitled to refuse to accept the notice given by one in the face of and contrary to the wishes of the others. The plaintiff added that on the 6th of March he was still in possession. He found on coming home that the defendant with two men had broken into his house by breaking a window. They were taking up the carpets. That evening he consulted his solicitor at Weymouth. On his return he found his furniture in the street and that his wife and children had been turned out. They food and wine in the house were not to be found. Next morning the furniture was removed to Mr Levick's house and to a barn, where it was afterwards sold for 171l net. Jewellery was also missing - cross examined: After the death of Henry Panton the business was carried on by James and the executors. The widow took an active part in the business, but not practically. Once before the snipe-shooting affair he was brought before the magistrates for shooting on other people's land. Mr James Panton did not reprove him for it, but said that he was sorry. One might be met with an accident and struck his forehead. This was the only illness he had had except colds and bronchitis. Mr Delamotte had not attended him for delirium tremens, but he would not say that he had not suffered from drink on one or two occasions. Mrs Panton took an interest in his welfare, and her attorney was present conducting the case. A letter from Mrs Panton was put in. It apprised the plaintiff that the defence to the action would be the cause of his illness. It advised him to consult with the men and Mr Delamotte. The letter contained this diagnosis "The great cause of your illness was worry". The plaintiff resuming, said that Mr Delamotte had not advised him to take "a little less" or change his habits. He discovered his legal position about four months after receiving notice -Mrs Bell, the wife of the plaintiff, deposed that Mr Panton entered the house by breaking a pane of glass in the conservatory. The furniture was placed in the road, and it was much damaged. The value of the missing jewellery was about 105l - corroborative evidence having been given Mr Day addressed the jury for the defence, contending that the plaintiff was not a manager, but a clerk and held no other position; and, by the agreement of partnership, the surviving partner was to carry on the business. Mr Kemp said that he had not seen the deed - The Lord Chief Justice; There it is at any rate. Mr Kemp said that they had been relying on the will, and the defendant himself had acted under the will. The Lord Chief Justice pointed out that a will could not make persons on whose employment reliance was placed partners - Mr Day resumed his address to the jury on the question of excess in the execution of the ejectment. The Lord Chief Justice, interposing, said I tell you, Mr Kemp, fairly, that if Mr Day applies I shall not allow you one farthing costs. It is an utterly discreditable action, brought simply for spite. I shall not allow one farthing of costs. The learned counsel engaged in the case then consulted and arranged that a verdict should be entered for the defendant without costs. Verdict accordingly.
Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday, 22nd June 1882
To Be Sold
A handsome pure-bred shetland pony, perfectly quiet to ride or drive, age six years. Also carriage, harness and saddles complete. Price for the whole £30. Apply to JAS. A. Panton Esq., Wareham, Dorset.
Western Gazette - Friday, 7th July 1882
For Shortlands, Kent. A married man without encumbrance; above to drive a pair. Must not object to make himself generally useful. Address, stating wages required, to James Panton Esq., Disco, Bournemouth.
Dorset County Chronicle and Somersetshire Gazette - November 2nd 1882
Notice is Hereby Given
That Mrs Henry John Panton having purchased from Mr James A. Panton all his estate and interest in the businesses carried on under the style or firm of "James A. and H. J. Panton", Brewers, Maltsters and Sprit Dealers at Wareham, County Dorset; Brewers and Maltsters at Swanage, County Dorset; and Brewers and Wine and Spirit Merchants at Ringwood, County Hampshire, the said James A. Panton has now no interest whatsoever in such businesses, and that the said businesses will in future be carried on at Wareham and Swanage, County Dorset and at Ringwood, County Hampshire, under the style or firm of "Henry J. Panton and Co." to whom it is particularly requested all letters and orders may be addressed, which shall at all times receive the prompt and personal attention of the firm. Dated this 25th day of October 1882.
Notice is Hereby Given
That Mr James Albert Panton, having sold all his interest in the businesses lately carried on under the style or firm of "Messrs. J. A. and H. J. Panton" at Swanage and Wareham, in the County of Dorset and at Ringwood, in the County of Hampshire, as Brewers, Maltsters and Wine and Spirit Merchants, to Mrs Henry John Panton Widow, he has NO FURTHER INTEREST in such businesses. Dated this 30th October, 1882. Shurn, Crossman, and Co.
Herts Advertiser - Saturday, 11th January 1890
Mr J. A. Panton & The Cannon Brewery
In the Licensed Victuallers Year Book for 1890, is an interesting article on Mr J. A. Panton, one of the partners of the firm of Messrs. Benskin and Co., Cannon Brewery, Watford. After reviewing the progress of the firm, which has several times been traced in the Herts Advertiser, th writer goes on to speak of a new branch of work which the energetic properitors of the establishment in High Street have just commenced, and proceeds: "Apropos of yeast" Messrs. Benskin are opening a new branch of commerce. As everybody knows all bakers' bread is now made from German yeast; the happy idea, however, occurred to Messrs. Benskin sometime back, of saving the waste yeast, condensing it, and supply the bakeries with this pure and wholesome fermenter instead of the sour, disagreeable, foreign article which has been so long in use, and we are glad to find the trade appreciating the change." Speaking of the history of the Brewery, the article runs "The Cannon Brewery has been established at least a hundred years, and for three generations, was owned by the Dyson family. Some twenty years ago, Mr Joseph Benskin, the father of Mr Thomas Benskin, bought the Brewery from the late Mr Dyson's executors, and in 1872, rebuilt a large portion of the premises. When Mr Benskin first took possession the output was only 5,000 barrels a year (now the firm turns out 60,000 barrels), but the new proprietor by his energy and improvements, soon gave a great impetus to the business. Yet it is during the last two years, since Mr T. Benskin and Mr Panton have undertaken the management of the Cannon Brewery, that it's success has been so striking. There is only one explanation of such a success the excellence of the article supplied. With water as well adapted for brewing light bitter ale as the far famed wells of Burton, Messrs. Benskin are able to supply the market with a pure, full bodied palatable beer, which rivals the beverage from the banks of the Trent". The sketch then give a few personalities regarding Mr Panton as follows: "Mr Panton comes of a family of brewers; originally of Scotch descent, his great grandfather came south about a century and a half ago, and settled at Wareham in Dorsetshire, where his grandfather started a brewery. The subject of this memoir was born in that town in 1841, and for some years, in conjunction with his brother, carried on the business, doing a large trade, Panton's ale being most popular throughout Dorsetshire and Hampshire. In 1869, Mr Panton married a daughter of Mr W. P. Frith, RA., a lady who has written several books- "Kitchen to Garret", "Bye Path and Cross Roads", & c. At the death of his brother, Mr Panton, being involved in litigation with that gentleman's executors, sold his interest in the business. While looking about for a new investment, Mr Panton studied under the celebrated Professor Graham at the Kirkbeck Laboratory of University College, who delivered the famous course of lectures on the art of brewery before the Society of Arts, and Mr Panton was the first brewer in the kingdom to avail himself on the great scientific light which the Professor threw upon the subject. In 1885 he went into partnership with Mr Thomas Benskin, with what result we have already pointed out". The article concludes with extracts from Mr Panton's speech at the Crystal Palace in August, when he presided at the twelfth annual dinner of the South London Licensed Victuallers' and Beer Sellers' Trade Protection Society.
Manchester Times - Saturday, 6th January 1893
Kittoe-Panton. On the 2nd inst., at St. Michael's Church, Beldmere, by Rev. E. H. Kittoe, vicar, father of the bridegroom, Edward Dawing Kittoe, to Elizabeth, widow of Henry Panton, Esq., of Wareham, Dorsetshire, and second daughter of the late Thomas Docwra, Esq., of The Grove, Swanage, Dorsetshire.
Western Gazette - Friday, 5th February 1892
Painter & Paperhanger (good) Wanted
Must understand plain carpentering and be willing to work under foreman. Apply to Messrs. Henry J. Panton & Co., Wareham.
Western Gazette - Friday, 1st September 1893
A match was played at Corfe Castle on Saturday last between Wareham Brewery team and Corfe Castle, and resulted in a win for the visitors by five runs on the first innings, Scores: Wareham Brewery, 42 and 68; Corfe Castle, 37.
Western Gazette - Friday, 16th August 1889
To Herbert Topp, one of the Overseers of the Poor of the Parish of Ringwood, and to the Inspector of Police of the Division of Ringwood. I, Harry Docwra Panton (trading as Henry J. Panton & Co.) now residing at Wareham in the County of Dorset, Brewer and Wine and Spirit Merchant, and holder of an Excise Licence for the sale of strong beer in casks, do hereby give you notice that it is my intention to apply to the General Annual Licensing Meeting for the Division of Ringwood, to be holden at the Town Hall, in Ringwood, in the said County, on the fourth day of September next ensuing, for a licence, authorising me to apply for and hold a licence for the sale by me by retail of beer to be consumed off the premises, situate at Ringwood aforesaid, and called or known as Henry J. Panton & Co's Brewery, and which premises are owned and occupied by Henry J. Panton & Co. Given under my hand this thirteenth day of August, one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine. Harry Docwra Panton.
Western Gazette - Friday, 26th August 1921
Death of Mr J. A. Panton
The death has occurred at his residence, 16 Richmond Park Crescent, Bournemouth, of Mr James Albert Panton, eldest son of the late Mr. James Panton, of Wareham and Swanage, and son-in-law of the late Mr W. P. Frith, R. A. Deceased, who was a Freeman of the Brewers Company, and late chairman of Benskins Watford Brewery Company, was in his 80th year.
Cheltenham Chronicle and Gloucestershire Graphic - Saturday, 24th September 1921
Notice is Hereby Given
At the recent funeral at Wareham, Dorset of Mr J. A. Panton, a brewer, the coffin was lined with his wife's wedding dress of 53 years ago.
Poole Herald - Wednesday, 4th April 1849
Extraordinary Conclusion to a Coursing Match
A few days since a few lovers of the leash assembled at Kimmeridge, and, on a fine hare being started, a dog belonging to Mr Panton of Wareham, and a bitch, the property of Mr Morant of Bloxworth, were let slip. Both dogs gained steadily on the hare, which, after a short time, they hemmed into a corner, and poor puss, to elude her pursuers, went over the perpendicular cliff, a height of nearly 300 feet; the dogs blindly following, fell from that immense height down to the sandy beach. On some of the party reaching the spot, by a somewhat circuitous route, they found the hare dead and the bitch expiring, whilst the dog was most unaccountably uninjured, neither has he since exhibited any ill effects from his extraordinary leap. Poole Herald.
South Bucks Standard - Friday, 2nd October 1891
The Dog Show
Of dogs there was indeed a fine display, some of the prize winners at the best shows in the United Kingdom having been brought downto Wycombe to try their luck. The animals were most comfortably benched, under the direction of Spratt's patent, in a large tent to the left of the ditch, and in close proximity to the shoeing tent. Every kind of dog was there in profusion, from the massive St. Bernard, down to the Toy Terrier and little Bull-pup, and their only object appeared to be, of course in addition to securing a prize for their exhibitor, to make the day hideous by their noise, or as Lord Carrington so aptly put it as the luncheon, "Do nothing but kick up a dreadful row ever since they came to the show". Thanks to the energy of Mr T. Hull, who is the honorary secretary of this department, the arrangements were all that could be desired, and the animals were, with but few exceptions, brought up to the show true to time, and the judging thus able to commenced at the hour announced. Altogether there were 176 dogs benched, a number in excess of that at the previous show.
Any Other Variety (Local): Mr H. D. Panton, Bull Terrier, Wareham Dorset.
Hampshire Advertiser - Saturday, 3rd May 1851
On Thursday afternoon, James Panton Esq., of Wareham had a very narrow escape from a serious accident in this town. When mounting his gig at the corner of Towngate Street, the shaft of the vehicle broke, and precipitated Mr Panton to the ground. The horse immediately started off at a furious rate until it reached the Turnpike Gate, where his career was stopped by the gig coming in contact with the gate post, and being smashed by the force of the concussion. The horse was very much injured.
Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday, 27th August 1857
On Wednesday last the only child of Mr Elias Dugdale, of this town, was drowned the river Frome, adjoining this town. It appears that the lad was fishing from the dock of the steamer Messrs. Pike, and wishing to descend from the vessel to a small boat alongside, did so, and the rope, which secured it to the steamer, slipping, another boy caught it suddenly, which gave sudden stay to the boat and the boy lost his balance and fell into the water. Only one elderly person was near, and run from a store with broom in his hand, thinking to reach deceased with it, he not being a swimmer and the water about eight feet deep; but the lad was beyond his reach, and before the alarm brought others to the spot he had been several minutes under water. The body being recovered it was taken into the house of Thomas Phippard, Enq., the Priory adjoining, where every means were used - hot blankets, bathing, and rubbing the body without effect, and the medical gentleman pronounced any further attempts hopeless. Inquest was held before James Panton, Esq., Mayor and Coroner, and a verdict of accidentally drowned returned.
Western Gazette - Friday, 26th January 1866
A very Serious Accident happened a few days ago a carter in the employ J. Panton, Esq., between Corfe Castle and Waraham. On his return from Swanage with a load of pale ale the front horse was going a little too fast, and the man on trying to check him was struck by the shaft and knocked down under the wheel which passed over him, breaking his thigh and arm, and crushing the bone fearfully. The arm was afterwards set by Messrs. Wilcox and Daniels, but slight hopes are entertained of his recovery. Mr G. Bere, broker, happened to be near with his horse and car, and conveyed the poor fellow home.
Salisbury & Winchester Journal - Saturday, 27th January 1866
On Friday, an accident, which has since terminated fatally, happened to a man named John Kidley, a carter in the employ of Mr James Panton, brewer, of this town. It appears that he had been to Swanage, and was leaving home with the wagon laden with pale ale. On leaving Corfe Castle, the leading horse became restive, and the deceased was in the act of getting off the waggon, when he fell under the wheels, which passed over him, breaking his arm and thigh, fracturing the bone of the latter in a fearful manner. He was conveyed home by Mr G. Beer, who happened to be passing at the time, and was immediately attended by Messrs. Willcox and Daniels, who set the arm, but the thigh being so swollen, they could do nothing with it. He expired on Wednesday evening. He has left a widow, but no family.
Western Gazette - Friday, 2nd February 1866
The poor fellow, Kidley, who received severe injuries on the Corfe Castle road, as described in our last, died on the 24th ult., leaving a widow, but no children. inquest was held before the coroner for Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck (F. Filliter, Esq.), at the Town Hall on Thursday. A verdict of ' Accidental death,' was returned by the jury. The burial took place on Thursday afternoon. We understand that J. Panton, Esq., has defrayed all expenses incurred by the accident.
Lincolnshire Chronicle - Saturday, 28th April 1866
A few days since a boy aged 9 years, son of Mr Temperton (late of Boston), now engineer to Mr Panton of Wareham, Dorset sustained serious injury to his left hand, through holding a chaff cutter, whereby his first finger had to be amputated and the other two were much injured.
Salisbury & Winchester Journal - Saturday, 30th November 1867
A Waggoner in Trouble
At the petty sessions, on Thursday, George Lee, servant to Mr J. Panton of Wareham was summoned by Mr Wareham meat merchant, of Poole, for furious driving and assault. The complainant stated that he was wheeling a sack of flour on a hand-truck at Hamworthy at about five o'clock in the afternoon, when defendant drove his horse at a fast rate, so much to one side of the road that, although he wheeled his truck quite to the wayside, they came upon him, and he was obliged to take the halters of the leaders and stop them, to escape being trampled on. An altercation ensued, on which defendant got out of the wagon and struck complainant. This evidence being corroborated, the Bench fined Lee 20s, and costs for furious driving and 20s and costs for the assault, amounting to 3l 12s 6d altogether.
Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday, 5th December 1867
A Carter in Trouble
On Thursday, George Lee, carter to Mr J. Panton of Wareham was summoned by Mr George Wareham corndealer, High Street for furious driving on Friday, the 15th ult. - From the evidence it appeared the complainant was at Hamworthy drawing some trucks on which were a bag of meala nd a small bag of flour. Defendant was driving a waggon, with four horses, at very rapid rate, and he drove over the complainant, who grabbed the trace of the off leader, and he and the trucks were carried along for some distance. A female gave evidence as to the furious driving of the defendant. Defendant said the leaders were young horses, and they shied. He pulled them round and gave them a cut with the whip, when the started into a gallop, and he was unable to stop them. Fined £1 and costs, or 14 days hard labour. Mr Wareham then charged Lee with assaulting him. Complainant proved the assault, and the Mayor said the defendant's conduct deserved severe punishment. He would be fined for the assault £1, or in default he must be imprisoned for 14 days with hard labour.
Salisbury & Winchester Journal - Saturday, 16th May 1868
On Tuesday afternoon as the waggoner of Mr James Panton, of Wareham was driving rather fast down Hamworthy-Hill, near Poole Junction Station, a man named Burden, of Lytchett, requested to ride. Without stopping the speed of his horses the waggoner told him to jump up. Burden attempted to do so, but as he was getting on to the shafts he fell underneath the wheels, which passed over his legs, crushing them rather badly. Fortunately, however, no bones were broken, and the man is now in a fair way of recovery.
Southern Times & Dorset County Herald - Saturday, 25th January 1873
An inquest was held on Tuesday evening last in the Schoolroom, Stoborough, before Mr J. A. Panton coroner, on the body of Charles Stickland, labourer, who had been accidentally drowned. The deceased, about 70 years of age, was engaged in wheeling some stones across a stream, when it is supposed, he was seized by a fit of giddiness (from which he had suffered or some time past), and fell into the water. His body was found in a part of the streat 18 inches deep, by Mr John Gillingham, in whose employ the man had been engaged, and who communicated the discovery to Supt. Eeles, of Wareham. Verdict: Found Drowned.
Southern Times & Dorset County Herald - Saturday, 23rd August 1873
An inquest was held at the schoolroom, on Saturday evening last, before the ex-officio coroner of the Isle of Purbeck, concerning the death of Frederick Hunt, one of the watchers appointed to attend to the duty of preserving the light on board the Shambles Light Vessel, off the Isle of Portland, in the Trinity service. The evidence showed that the deceased must have accidentally fallen overboard whilst drawing water from the side of the vessel, and that after floating about the body was, on Wednesday, the 13th last, washed on shore at Chapman's Pool. There appeared no reason to doubt that he accidentally met with the mishap, but it was deemed proper to adjourn the inquest to Friday next, at 12 noon, at the schoolroom, Worth Matravers, for some further evidence. In the course of the enquiry the Rev. William Darby, who acted as foreman on the jury, bore testimony to and spoke highly of the conduct of the fishermen and mariners at Worth, who rescued the body from the waves, to which expression of approval a cordial assent was given by Mr Panton, the coroner and others present.
The Panton Family...
The Panton family were heavily involved not only at the brewery, but also with the running of the town, with both James Panton senior and junior served time as Mayor...
The Pantons family purchased The Old Brewery in the 1840s and it soon expanded to take in several other local breweries. James Panton had previously been a brewer at Saw Pits and his pale ale was much sought after at the time. James Panton senior ran as Mayor for the town in 1849, 1856 & 1861. From 1869 onward, his two sons, James Albert and Henry John took over running the brewery. James Albert soon followed in his fathers footsteps, running as Mayor in 1972. James Albert married Jane Ellen Frith, the daughter of W. P. Frith, painter of Derby Day. She had come from a privileged background and was used to socialising in her father's house with the likes of Charles Dickens amongst others. Jane Ellen went on to be a great writer and was by all accounts known to be a charming, witty and well educated woman with a big heart. Some of her books, however, gave an indication as to how she possibly found life in rural Dorset at the time when compared to the hustle and bustle of social life in London. One of her books goes on to say "I have often and often gone down to what we call the lower garden, and, watching the river from my pet seat under the privet hedge, wondered if I should not be wise to slip in by accident, and so put an end to an existence that began to bore me more frightfully than I can say. I used to think of our hilarious parties, of the roll of the traffic, like the sound of the sea on the distant shore away across the hills, of the theatres and parties I once despised and I thought of how my life was slipping away" That said, from the press articles of the time, Jane Ellen through herself into putting on performances in Wareham, bringing a little bit of the London life to those around her. James Panton senior passed away in 1873 from paralysis sustained a few years earlier, from which he never recovered (possibly a stroke). His second eldest son, Henry John Panton died in 1877, aged just 32 years. In 1885, James Albert Panton sold his share of the business to Henry's widow, Elizabeth, and brewing continued under the name of H. J. Panton & Co., while Elizabeth started to seek out a buyer for the business (in 1891 offering both the Wareham and Swanage breweries and associated properties for £55,00). until 1893, when the brewery was sold to Charles and David Faber in 1893. In 1886, Strongs brewery was taken over by David Faber and thus the Wareham and Swanage breweries began trading under the name of Strongs of Romsey. After selling the business to Elizabeth, three years later in 1885, James Albert Panton went on to work at Benskins in Watford with Thomas Benskin. Together they set about initiating a major increase in Benskins beer production, tripling output in a very short space of time. This was a large part attributable to James Albert having studied scientific brewing at University College, London.