Henry Alfred Wadworth founded the brewery in 1875, aged 22, after six years of experience in a London brewery followed by managing a small Devizes brewery, No.8 Long Street.
Henry founded Wadworth in partnership with his friend and brother-in-law, John Smith Bartholomew. Together they perfected their own unique method of brewing over the next few years leading to a significant impact on the local market and a requirement to move to a larger residence to address the demand.
The new brewery was completed in 1885 over the site of a small sweet water well a hundred yards from the original site-enhancing the beers’ distinctive ‘Wadworth’ flavour. A typical Victorian brewery of the time, the raw ingredients was lifted to the top of the recognisable tower and gravity simply combined these ingredients through the various stages of the brewing process. Some of the original equipment installed in 1885 is still being used today.
Today, Wadworth is still a family brewer with John Smith Bartholomew’s great-great-grandson the current Wadworth Managing Director. The brewery is proud to still be owned and run by the Bartholomew family.
Over this extensive history Wadworth have enjoyed a long and lasting relationship with French and Jupps, with records of supply dating back over 100 years. The supply of speciality malts has supported the production of iconic beers like 6X (first brewed in 1923!) for an impressive longevity.
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