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John Webster [we.9.2]

John Webster was the second child of Richard Webster & Mary Ann Cross christened January 9th, 1844 at Hitcham, Bucks.

In 1851, 1861, 1871 & 1881 John was living with his parents & family at Hill Farm, Hitcham.

In 1884 John was appointed Assistant Overseer of the Board of Guardians for the parish of Hitcham.  He was replacing George Webster.  Richard & George Webster stood sureties for him with a bond of £100.  Also in 1884 John won The Prince Consort’s Cup awarded by her majesty the Queen, value 20 guineas, for the best cultivation of root crops generally by the Royal East Berkshire Agricultural Association.

By 1891 his father was widowed & retired from farming but still living at Hill Farm. John had taken over the running of the farm & was still unmarried. Also living at the farm was brother George, now married to Mary Emma Webster & their 2 year old daughter Kathleen Mary.

John Webster

(Photo courtesy of Michael H H Bayley)

In 1901 John was still farming at Hill Farm & living with his brother George, now a brewer, & family.

In the early 1890s John, together with brother George, took over the Brown & Terry Brewery in the High St of Burnham.  Brown & Terry had bought ‘The Rose’ & its brew house at the rear from Eton College.  By the late 1800s the brewery had grown in size employing 9 men & 2 boys & supplied most of the inns in Burnham.  In 1899 the brewery was trading as Terry A & Co although the actual brewer was John Webster.  Terry & Co were bought out in 1905 by a larger brewery but eventually The Rose was bought back in 1913 by George Webster,  although he was restricted by covenant not to use the premises as a brewery.

In 1925 John of Tatton House, was an executor of shares in the Great Western Railway which were transferred to him from Thomas Webster [we.10] who had died in 1896.

John died on December 19th, 1933 at Tatton House, Ray Park Avenue, Maidenhead, Berks.  Probate was granted on January 27th, 1934 to nephews Richard William Webster & John Percy Webster (sons of John’s brother Richard Webster we.9.1), both coal merchants.  John’ effects were £21,055.12s.2d.


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