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Webpage updated: May 18, 2020
The brewery at number 41 Queen Street was owned in 1850/51 by Mr Richard Eales Knowling (1802-1870), a Town Councillor, who was born in Stoke Damerel in March 1802 and buried there on September 24th 1870.
The Eagle Brewery Company, of 36 Queen Street, was offered for sale by auction on Tuesday July 19th 1921.
It held the following tied houses: the Avondale Arms; the Butchers' Arms; the London and South Western Tavern; the Life-boat; the Lord Hood; the Millbridge Inn; the Prince of Wales; and the Steam Packet; as well as the Sir Francis Drake in Plymouth and the Tamar Inn at Calstock. It also owned one off-licence, at 25 Saint George's Terrace, Stoke.
At the auction it was commented that the brewery had been run single-handed by a Mr Paull for the last 15 or 16 years. The tied houses were all sold to Plymouth Breweries but the brewery itself, upon which bidding had started at £18,000, was knocked down to a Mr Benjamin Aubrey Tosswill Leatherby, a hotel manager, for £29.850.
The Brewing Machinery and Plant was offered for sale again at an auction organised on behalf of Mr B A Leatherby by Messrs Peter Hamley and Sons on Tuesday October 18th 1921 at 11am.
The equipment listed included: Valuable Cornish boiler, 14 feet by 6 feet 6 inches, by Messrs Thomas Hill and Sons, of Manchester, working pressure 100lbs; a vertical boiler, 8 feet by 4 feet, working pressure 75lbs; a 10 horse-power horizontal steam engine; cedars wood, slate, and cast iron rounds and squares; steam motor bottle washing machine; vertical donkey pumps; copper refrigerator; copper coil; barley grinding mill; malt screen; double and single purchase winches; mash tun; galvanised riveted tanks; hand corking machines; barrel horses; bottling tables; about 200 hogsheads, barrels, kilderkins, firkins, and pins; 2 quarters malt; 10 pockets of Worcester, Oregon, and Alsace hops, in prime condition; 2 barrels finings; quantity new staves, chives, hoops, corks, bungs, rings, etc.; bottle baskets; platform and sack weighing machines; endless chain blocks; engineers', coopers' and other tools; sack trucks; hydrometer; sacchometers; thermometers; slide rules; dipping rods; two very useful horses; van; two trolleys; spring cart; 3 sets nearly new harness; Number 5 Yost typewriter; scrap brass and iron; stable utensils; etc., etc.