Steward & Patteson Brewery
Brewery History, 1793 to 1956 (ref 1)
The story of Steward & Patteson of Norwich as a major East Anglian brewery is in essence the history of four prominent families - the Pattesons, Stewards, Morses and Finches. All were active in the business and political life of the region, and all bought important brewing interests into the expanded company that had been established by the late 1830s.

In 1793 Charles Greeves sold his brewery to John Patteson ( II ) John Patteson (II) was the son of ironmonger Henry Sparke Patteson. His mother was Martha Fromanteel, daughter of an attorney and mayor of Norwich.

Henry Sparke Patteson died when John Patteson (II) was nine years old. He then went to live with his uncle John Patteson I ( 1727 - 1774 ) John (II) was educated at Greenwich and then Leipzig.

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Directors of Steward & Patteson (1880's?)
Rear l to r: Henry Tyrwhitt Staniforth Patteson, Donald Steward, Charles Hugh Finch
Front l to r: George Henry Morse, Henry Staniforth Patteson

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In 1774 he inherited his uncle's estate and in 1781 he married Elizabeth Staniforth, daughter of a gentleman from Manchester, Robert Staniforth. John Patteson (II) served on Norwich Corporation 1781 - 1831 and was Mayor in 1788. He represented the Tory Party at Westminster, first having a seat at Minehead ( 1802 - 1806 ) and then at Norwich ( 1806 - 1812).

In 1793 or 1794 he purchased the Gt Yarmouth brewery of William & James Fisher. ( Including 17 public houses )

In 1794 he purchased the brewery of James Beevor and the following year, that of Jehosophat Postle. Also in 1794 he had purchased the public houses belonging to the late John Day.

By 1818 and into 1819 his fortunes had changed ( apparently due to `large and unsuccessful English and foreign ventures' ) and he was forced to sell off some of his estate. However both he and his son John Staniforth Patteson were directors of the Norwich Union Life Society and `helped oust' the management of Thomas Bignold in favour of his three sons, Samuel, John Cockedge and Thomas. They in turn granted their father a loan. ( Of which 27,819 was still outstanding upon the death of John in 1833 )

John Patteson (II) retained presidency of the Life Society and withdrew from brewing in favour of his son John Staniforth Patteson. The company of Steward, Patteson & Stewards was formed in 1820. This comprised of five partners, John Staniforth Patteson, William Steward, Ambrose Harboard Steward, Timothy Steward the elder and Timothy Steward the younger.

John Staniforth Patteson married Ann Elizabeth Tasker in 1808. Ann had a sister Hannah who married George Morse in the same year. George Morse had just started working at the Norwich brewery belonging to his father. John Staniforth Patteson died in 1832 and it was not until 1840, when his 22 year old son Henry took over from his fathers executors.

In 1831 the company became Steward, Patteson & Stewards and George Morse, an agreement to run for ten years and subsequently extended.

In 1837 the brewery merged with that of Peter Finch. The company became Steward,Patteson, Finch & Co. The Finches were the family with the longest brewing history having purchased the brewery of Nuthall in 1771.

In 1838 the company was owned:-
George Morse30%
Timothy Steward18.5%
Exors of J S Patteson15%
Peter Finch12.5%
William Steward12%
Charles Steward12%

By 1863 the company was Steward Patteson Finch & Co Partnership:-

Charles Morse24%
Exors of J S Patteson15%
Peter Finch12.5%
The second son of Timothy Steward, Peter Finch Steward, who dropped the Steward for some unknown reason.
Lucy Steward12.25%
Lady Travers12%
Charles Steward12%
Donald & Walter Steward6.25%
Henry Staniforth Patteson6%

In 1883 the company was:-

George Henry Morse24%
Donald Steward18.5%
Henry Staniforth Patteson15.5%
Exors of Peter Finch12.5%
Revd Charles J Steward12%
Maj Gen James E Travers & Francis Steward Travers12%
Henry Tywhitt Staniforth Patteson5.5%

In 1895 the company became Steward & Patteson Limited:-

Henry Staniforth Patteson (d. April 1898)16.25%
Donald Steward (d. January 1898)18.5%
George Henry Morse (d. January 1898)24%
Henry Tywhitt Staniforth Patteson5.5%
Charles Hugh Finch3%
Exors of Peter Finch11%
Revd Charles John Steward6.75%
Francis Steward Travers4.67%
Exors of James F E Travers4.67%
Revd Robert Duncan Travers2.67%
Thomas Burton Steward3%
Charles Frank Lucas held 10 ordinary shares. ( George Henry Morse held 72,000 )

The board of directors from 1914 to 1936 were :-

H T S Patteson1895died May 1915
Sir George H Morse1895died April 1931
Largest shareholder with 30.1%
C H Finch1895retired Dec 1952
A F Morse1904retired Feb 1957
A Finch1905died May 1943
G G Morse1927resigned Aug 1936
P C Finch1905resigned June 1947

The final board of directors 1936 - 1956 before being taken over by Watney Mann were:-

Charles Hugh Finch1895retired 1952
Arthur Francis Morse1904retired 1957
Alfred Finch1905died May 1945
Peter Charles Finch1933Resigned 1947
Francis John Morse1936still in office at takeover
Sydney Arthur Morse1936still in office at takeover
Donald Charles Steward1936still in office at takeover
Hugh Myddleton Peacock1949still in office at takeover
Francis Cecil Hipwell1950left June 1953
Michael Valentine Briton Riviere1951still in office at takeover
Anthony Walter Fenwick1955resigned Oct 1960

See here for an interesting article with additional information on Brewing In Norfolk.

Notes & References
  1. Communications with Richard Bristow - compiler of the Norfolk Inns website who provided much of the information on Steward and Patteson.
  2. "Norfolk Beers from English Barley - A History of Steward and Patteson 1793-1963" by Terry Gourvish, Centre of East Anglian Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 1987 and communication with the author.
  3. Communications with Derek McDonald, pub expert of Great Yarmouth