George Knight a Brewer of Bridgwater 1809 - 1885
Thomas Starkey - Thomas Ford

George was born in 1809 to William and Elizabeth Knight

George married Elizabeth Ann Bennett Stone on August 1839 at St Mary’s church they had two sons George and Henry.

George Knight maltster, pictured in his mayoral robes and chain of office began brewing in Bridgwater in 1840 moving to the Bridgwater Brewery which was later renamed the Northgate Brewery in 1868.

On his death in 1885 his two sons George and his brother Henry inherited the brewery at Northgate from their father.

George was no sleeping partner, being a director for many years and not afraid to disagree with Thomas Starkey on occasion, though he tended to be more of a mediator.




Death and Funeral of Alderman Knight

Although not an unexpected event, it is with deep regret that the death of Mr George Knight the senior Alderman of the borough at the age of 76 years is announced, he had been ill for a number of months previous. The tolling of the bell of St Mary’s church on Tuesday 30 June intimated that he had passed away.

Mr George Knight was formerly proprietor of the Northgate Brewery and carried on the very lucrative business which for some years past has been conducted by his two sons Messrs Henry and George Knight. He was the oldest member of the corporation and for a long time had ranked as senior alderman of the borough but had never filled the office of chief magistrate, but this was due to the fact he took on the duties of the Mayor, an honour which is understood to have been proffered him.

Until recently he was a staunch Liberal in politics, he was a P.M of the Perpetual Friendship Lodge of Freemasons in Bridgwater and for many years also a member of the Rural Philanthropic lodge at Highbridge and senior trustee of the Loyal Fountain lodge of Oddfellows in Bridgwater.

For several years in succession he was elected poor law guardian for the parish and for nearly a quarter of a century he occupied the post of quartermaster in the Bridgwater troop of the West Somerset Yeomanry and on one occasion when the troop was under the command of Colonel Tynte he won the medal for sword exercise. 

Will of George Knight
The will of George Knight late of Bridgwater who died 30 June 1885 at Bridgwater proved by George Knight brewer and maltster the son and Elizabeth Jane Knight spinster and daughter, both of Bridgwater. With personal effects of £6,569 10s.

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