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F Hartridge & Sons, Mineral Water Manufacturers

F Hartridge earthenware bottle
F Hartridge & Sons earthenware bottle

The 1901 census records Francis Hartridge in Mill Hill Road as born in Sittingbourne, Kent and as a Mineral Water Manufacturer and Maltster. F Hartridge & Sons, of Weston Road, Cowes were recorded as Mineral Water Manufacturers in the 1911 Kelly's directory.

Markings of a F Hartridge Ginger Beer bottle
Markings of a F Hartridge Ginger Beer bottle

The 1891 and 1911 census shows Francis with his family at Hambleton Hampshire so the Cowes establishment possibly only lasted for a short period. In the 1911 census, Francis describes himself as 'a poor unfortunate Brewer'.

See also: Soft Drink Manufacturers  -  Cowes

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