Page's Brewery

Photo:Page's Brewery c1890

Page's Brewery c1890

Photo:Brewery Buildings c.1938

Brewery Buildings c.1938

(Westbury Brewery )

By Norman Phillips


In 1843 John Sale and Benjamin Christy began brewing at Westbury Farm. They then moved next door and constructed a malting, a brewery, stables and a brewery house. Shortly after 1850 John Sale withdrew from the partnership and by 1861 Benjamin Christy II (son of Benjamin) had become the brewer. However the brewery encountered financial difficulties in 1876  and the brewery was purchased by Joshua Richmond Page.

Joshua Page was a maltster from Baldock and may have already owned some licensed properties. Beer production was increased and the tied estate was added to. After 1893 it would appear that most of the tied estate was held on short or long leases.

The brewery was sold to Wells and Winch of Biggleswade in 1921, and consequently closed down. A part of the building is now being used as the village hall.


This page was added on 09/12/2010.
Comments about this page

Recently my colleague who is a metal detectorists like myself was searching in a field near Hitchin and found a piece of Breweriana. It was a keg barrel tap lug and stamped on it it has PAGES BREWERY ASHWELL. Just thought someone might be interested. Kind regards and great website Julian Evan-Hart

By Julian Evan-Hart
On 30/03/2013

Found in google search.

I have found a wooden keg brass bush ring marked “Pages Brewery Ashwell”  
was found next to the Thames on foreshore near to Old Billingsgate Market, Central London. 

Your site is very informative, Thank you. 

By Scott
On 17/12/2020

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