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Francisco Pedro Manuel Prudencio

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Francisco Pedro Manuel Prudencio (1838-1908) was a British mineral water manufacturer, who co-owned Batten and Co., Batten and Prudencio and Brooke and Prudencio Ltd.

  • 1838 Born in Bath, Somerset. His father, Francisco Joaquim Prudencio, was a Portuguese master tailor. His mother, Elizabeth Stewart, was English. His parents were married in London in 1820, and moved to Bath in the 1820s or 30s.
  • 1841 Lived at Abbey Place, Bath, with his parents and two sisters. His father was a tailor.[1]
  • 1851 Lived at 2 Abbey Place, with his parents, sister, brother-in-law and their daughter. His father was a master tailor employing 8 men.[2]
  • 1860 Married Elizabeth Sheppard
  • 1861 Lived at Cromwell House, Walcot Bath, with his wife. Employed as an engine driver.[3]
  • 1871 Lived at 63 Villa Fields, Bathwick, Bath, with his wife and daughter Elizabeth Stuart Prudencio (b. 1861). Worked as a 'foreman at a soda water factory'.[4]
  • 1867-75 Registered four joint patents for new aerated water bottling machinery and bottle closures; three of which were with his brother-in-law Joseph Francis Cotterell.
  • 1880 Batten and Company dissolved, following Griffin’s retirement. The remaining partners continued trading under the existing name.
  • 1881 Living at 6 Armada Place, Stokes Croft, Bristol, with his wife and daughter, close to Batten and Company's Nine Tree Hill soda water factory. Occupation: Soda Water Manufacturer [5]
  • 1885 Batten died, leaving Prudencio as the sole owner of the company, which he re-named Batten and Prudencio.
  • 1889 Co-founded Brooke and Prudencio Ltd. with Thomas Brooke. Prudencio was one of the four managing directors of the company. Brooke and Prudencio's existing factories were closed in 1890 and all their bottling equipment was moved to a new works at 124-32 Newfoundland Road, St Pauls, Bristol.
  • 1891 Living at 10 Sydenham Road, Stokes Croft with his wife and daughter. Occupation: Managing Director of Mineral Water Factory [6] By this date, he was the chairman of the Bristol Bottle Exchange Association, an organisation who’s chief function was facilitating the return of missing mineral water deposit bottles to their rightful owners, and prevent their illegal resale, then was a widespread problem in the industry.
  • 1901 Living at 74 Rackhills (Woodlands Road), St Michael's Hill, Bristol, with wife, daughter and servant. Occupation: Mineral Water Manufacturer.[7]
  • 1908 Died at home on the 25 December.[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  2. 1851 census
  3. 1861 census
  4. 1871 census
  5. 1881 census
  6. 1891 census
  7. 1891 census
  8. Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England.