Northgate St, Beccles
In 1830 Pigot's Directory Richard Thornton is listed as a brewer in Blyburgate Street.
Notice is hereby given, that the partnership between us, Richard Thornton, the younger, and John Crisp, the younger, as brewers of ale, porter. And table beer, dealers in wine and spirits, coals, grain, corn, malt and hops, and as farmers, carried on in Beccles, Suffolk and Gillingham, Norfolk, under the name of Thornton and Crisp were this day dissolved. Ipswich Journal, Nov 1835**
In 1839 and 1840 Pigot's Directories Richard Thornton is listed as a brewer in Blyburghgate Street.
In 1855 White's Directory Richard Thorndon? is listed as a brewer (Northgate St).
The celebrated Beccles Ale Brewery, conducted by Mr Richard Thornton, who is about to retire from business, is now to be disposed of by private treaty. The present trade averages about 100 barrels per week, with a daily increasing demand; and a long maintained reputation of his ale leaves no doubt that a man of business may command extent of trade adequate to any reasonable amount of capital. Ipswich Journal, Jun 1855**
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
In 1865 Thornton & Co are listed as brewers, spirit merchants & maltsters (Northgate St).