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Frederick William King (c1828-1917)

c1828 Born the son of James King and his wife Mary Ann Lanchester

1852 Married Emily Maria Maulkin

In July, 1868, Fred King bought the Maulkin's Maltings and other property in St Mary's Square from his father in law, Robert Maulkin, for £5,300 using a mortgage from the Maulkin Family Trust. The maltings were very old and unmodernised, so a site was cleared on the corner of Westgate Street for an up to date "tower" brewery.

Fred King was aged 40 in 1868, when he built the brand new St. Edmund's Brewery in Sparhawk Street, towering over Greene's Brewery only a few yards away in Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds. It started producing beer at Easter, 1869, and they were acknowledged to be very good beers. King's stout was especially good.

1871 Living at 10 St. Mary's Square, Bury St. Edmunds: Frederick W. King (age 43 born Mansfield, Suffolk), Brewer and Merchant. With his wife Emily M. King (age 42 born Bury St. Edmunds) and their eleven children. Four servants.[1]

The Maulkins also owned 6 pubs in town, like the Ram in Eastgate Street, giving a ready made outlet for King's beer. King was a shrewd man with 11 children to support, and began to buy up more pubs after 1870. He became stiff competition for Greene's business.

From 1870 to 1880 Fred King bought 40 inns, pubs, and beer-houses, and tied them all to buying his beer.

1886 Executor of the estate of John Lanchester King

Became Greene King

1917 March 14th. Died. Probate to Frank John King and John Valentine Maulkin King.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 Census