Buckley's Brewery (Additional Records)

Scope and Content

Business records relating to Buckley's Brewery Limited, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, 1786-1975, mainly accounts, reports, and agreements, including balance sheets, 1893-1899; indemnities for stocks and shares, 1899-1926; deeds and documents relating to public houses and premises, 1786-1954; cost price books, 1893-1966; correspondence between James Buckley and William Bythway, 1861-1874; summary of licensed houses, 1896; file of service agreements between Buckley's Brewery and its hotel managers, 1946-1969; and video tapes, 1975.

Administrative / Biographical History

The business of Buckley's Brewery started in 1767, when Henry Child (b. 1742) from Freystrop, Pembrokeshire, a prominent Methodist, started to brew beer in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. He had come to Llanelli as estate agent for Sir Thomas Stepney (d. 1772) of Prendergast, near Haverfordwest, who owned a malthouse and a brewhouse. Child acquired the freehold of Felinfoel mill in Llanelli. The population increase caused his brewing business to flourish. The Rev. James Buckley (1770-1839) from Oldham, Lancashire, married Maria, the daughter of Henry Child, and developed the brewery. When he died, his second son, another James Buckley, managed the company. After his death in 1883, the business fell into the hands of his three sons, who from then on traded as the Buckley Brothers. In 1998, brewing ceased in Llanelli and the beer production moved to Cardiff. William Bythway worked as the clerk of James Buckley, and was interested in James Buckley's daughter.


Arranged into the follwing: balance sheets; correspondence; indemnities; correspondence between James Buckley and William Bythway; Welsh verse; agreement; indenture; deeds and documents relating to public houses and premises; cost price books; miscellaneous; and video tapes.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited between 1976 and 1990 by Major W. K. Buckley.


Compiled by Annette Strauch for ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of the description: Carmarthenshire Archives Service, Catalogue of Buckley's Brewery Papers; website The Beer (www.sabrain.co.uk), viewed 24 September 2003; Llanelli Historical website (www.llanelli-historical-society.co.uk), viewed 24 September 2003; Craig, R. S., Buckley's Brewery, Bro Buckley: the story of Buckley's Brewery its houses and its country (Llanelli, [198?]; Richards, Melville, Welsh Administrative and Territorial Units (Cardiff 1969); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales (Baltimore, 1991 (fascimile of 1875 ed.); Jones, Francis, The Francis Jones Treasury of Historic Carmarthenshire (Pembrokeshire 2002); Llanelli History website (www.llanelli-history.i12.com), viewed 29 September 2003; Swansea Local History website (www.page-net.com), viewed 29 September 2003; James, Heather, ed., Sir Gar, Studies in Carmarthenshire History (Carmarthen, 1991); Carmarthen Record Office Survey of Archival Holdings.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Carmarthenshire Archives Service.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further material relating to the Buckley's Brewery Additional Records are the Carmarthenshire Archive Service, Derwydd Muniments, and Stepney Collection; Carmarthenshire Archive Service, Buckleys Brewery Records, 1989.

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