Cullingham, Charles & Co.

39 Upper Brook St, Ipswich

Brook Street Brewery

Charles Cullingham & Co. set-up a Steam Brewery here in 1856.

The 1865 Kelly's Directory lists Blogg & Cullingham as brewers, maltsters & wine & spirit merchants at the Steam Brewery, Upper Brook st (incorporating Charles Cullingham; as a brewer)

A notice in the Ipswich Journal** in Jan 1870 states:

Tonic Pale Ale
by Blogg & Cullingham, Pale Ale Brewers, Upper brook Street, Ipswich:
Since the introduction of Pale Ale, it has been growing year by year in popularity. The taste for this, the most wholesome and pleasant of all malt liquors, has now increased to such an extent, that Pale Ale has become a most important National beverage. Its beneficial properties are manifold, and there can be no doubt that moderate use of Sound Bitter strengthens the digestive organs, and gives tone to the whole system.
Our ales of this seasons brewing are now in prime condition, and we are prepared to supply to families favouring us with their orders, an article of the greatest purity, strength, and brilliancy.
Tonic Pale Ale, in 9, 18, and 36 gallon casks at one shilling a gallon; India Pale Ale in 9, 18, and 36 gallon casks at one shilling and sixpence per gallon.

The 1874 White's Directory lists Charles Cullingham as a brewer & maltster, wine & spirit merchant (39 Upper Brook st)

A fire at Charles Cullingham brewery in Ipswich – full report given - Ipswich Journal Sat 27 Apr 1878

The 1888 Kelly's Directory lists Charles Cullingham & Co as brewers, Maltsters & wine & spirit merchants at Steam Brewery (Brook st & Cox la)

In 1888 it was acquired by the Tollemache brothers.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 23 Jun in 1888 states the :

Sale of the Steam Brewery, Ipswich....which has for the past 26 years has been successfully carried on by Messrs Cullingham & Co. The brewery and the tied houses and other properties attached to it, were scheduled in the printed particulars of the sale as under, the whole being offered in one lot:
The freehold brewery, Upper brook st comprising the buildings, two maltings, underground stores, stabling, artesian well, and the plant, which is equal to 18 quarters (but could easily be increased to 25 quarters) and the freehold tap house, known as the Steam Brewery Inn (Upper brook st)...the property was knocked down to the Hon Randolph Tollemache at £65,300.
Bulls Head, Orwell Place & Fore st
Brickmakers Arms, Spring rd
Dolphin, The Quay
Defiance, Stoke st
Belvedere, Cox Lane
County Hotel, St Helens
Cricketers Arms, William st & Navarre st
Grapes, Norwich rd
Hand -in-hand, St Peters
John Bull, Woodbridge rd
Three Jolly Sailors, Handford rd
Lion, Woodbridge rd
Maypole, Whitton
Primrose, Turret la
Prince Albert with bake office,Lady Lane
Railway Tavern, near Railway station
Royal Standard, The Mount
Royal William, Handford rd
Red Lion, Bramford rd
St Mathew's Ale stores, St Mathew's st
Saddler's Arms, Waterworks st
Salutation, Carr st (sold subject to 6 feet 6 inches of frontage being given up for the improvement of Carr st)
Safe Harbour, Borough rd
Spotted Cow, Bramford rd
Times Bewery, Brorough rd
Anchor, Hadleigh
Brook Inn, Washbrook
Brickmakers Arms, Seckford st, Woodbridge
Bull inn, Woolpit (sold subject to lease at £55)
Bell, Kesgrave with 40 acres land (let at 25s per acre tithe free)
Bell, Blackenham
Britannia, Woodbridge rd
Crown, Alderton
George, Wickham Market
Half Moon, Burstall
Horse Shoes, Whatfield with blacksmith's shop, stables etc
King' head, Hadleigh
Kings Head, Bildeston
Old Bucks's Head, Debenham
Queens Head, Great Wenham
Rose, Shotley
Rose, Harkstead
Railway Tavern, Stowmarket
White Horse hotel, Sudbury
Dove, Debenham
Cherry Tree, Debenham
Sorrel Horse, Holbrook
Waggon & Horses, Needham Market
Magpie, Wolsey st, Ipswich (for 71 years from 29 Sep 1850 at £14 2s per annum)
Norfolk, Princes st (for 71 years at £7 10s per annum)
Vernon Arms, Vernon st (for 99 years from 25 Mar 1842 at £2 10s 6d per annum)
Water Lily, St Helens (for 1000 years from 1656 at 10s per annum)
Zulu, Wolsey st (for 7 years from 25 Mar 1882 at £39 per annum - option to purchase for £600)
Kettleborough Chequers (for 14 years from 29 Sep 1879 at £32 10s)
Clopton Crown (for 14 years from 06 Apr 1880 at £32 10s)
Mountain Ash, The Mount (for 14 years from 28 Dec at £82 10s per annum)
Magpie, Stonham (for 21 years from 11 Oct 1885 at £56 per annum)
New Anchor, Stoke st (for 10 years from 25 Mar 1884 at £19 per annum)
Ship, Levington (for 14 years from 11 Oct 1880 at £20 per annum)
Tankard, Bentley (for 12 years from 11 Oct 1884 at £19 6s and £20 per annum)
George, Hintlesham with 14 acres land (for 21 years from 11 Oct 1883 at £80 per annum)
Beerhouse & cottage at Chattisham
Arbouretum inn with 3 cottages at Ipswich
Black Swan, Hadleigh
Plough, Hadleigh
New White Elm, Copdock
Sun, Grundisburgh

(** historic newspaper information from John Martin)