Edmund Halsey had come to London from his birthplace in Hertfordshire. How he came to the brewhouse can only be a matter of conjecture, but it is known that the families of Halsey and Child were related.
During the first decade of the century Halsey amassed great wealth. Less than ten years after his first appearance at £1 a week in the firm's accounts, on the 11th May, 1696, Halsey lent King William III £1,000. In 1698 he started to extend the Brewhouse and its trade.
James married to Ann Minnie at St. Botolph's, Aldersgate on 27 December 1659. An entry in the public records in April 1666 states:
The King to the Brewer's Company, and recommends James Child, merchant of London, who has done faithful service in supplying the navy with beer, and has bought a brewhouse in Southwark to brew for the household and navy, for admission as a free brother of the same company, for the same fee as the late Timothy Alsop the king's brewer paid.
At the junction of Bankside and Park Street (formerly known as Bank End) there stood in the 15th and 16th centuries an inn called "the Castell upon the Hope" with a wharf, houses and four cottages - so called because of its turreted walls. Around 1770, it was rebuilt and has since been known as The Anchor.
Alan Cristall identified that in the mid-1700s, a woman called Sarah Fox was married to a wealthy brewer named Thraile, who, for the benefit of his health took his wife to live in France and died shortly afterwards, leaving her a wealthy young widow. So far no one has been able to identify who Mr Thraile was and which brewery he owned.
Can you help?
I wonder if you have in your archive any mention of this property which was where the Anchor Brewery building now stands. The piles are still in the Thames, 100ft east of the old horseleydown stairs.
I would like to tie this George Marsh in with Marsh's Dock if possible; maybe a son of the George Marsh who set up the dock? I understand Thrale and Courage had dealings with Russia at that time. IanMacDonald.