Thomas Talbot (1819 - 14 February 1891) was a beverage bottler of Gloucester who founded the Talbot Mineral Water Company in 1845. In 1886, he was elected high sheriff of Gloucester and later became an alderman of the city.
Gloucester is a city and district in Gloucestershire, in the South West of England, of which it is the county town. Gloucester lies close to the Welsh border, on the River Severn, between the Cotswolds to the east and the Forest of Dean to the southwest.
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Thomas Talbot was born in Portsea, Hampshire, in 1819 to Thomas and Maria Talbot.He had a sister Eliza who became a governess. He married Ann Ratcliffe Buston or Burton in Gloucester in 1845. In the 1851 census he was shown as a "Soda water manufacturer and grocer" at 45 Lower Northgate Street. He had daughters Amelia and Ann, and sons Thomas and Edward. In the 1881 census he was shown as a "Mineral Water Manufacturer Master Employ 9 Men 4 Boys" residing at 4 Commercial Road.
Talbot founded the Talbot Mineral Water Company in 1845. The firm had premises in Ladybellegate Street from at least 1867 and occupied some of the buildings of the former Blackfriars monastery and built some new buildings along Commercial Road. In 1873 the firm also had premises at 48 Northgate Street. It later became Talbot Bottlers (Gloucester) Limited.
Ladybellegate Street is a street in Gloucester that runs from Longsmith Street in the north to Commercial Road in the south. It is joined only by Blackfriars on its eastern side. The former Blackfriars monastery is located on the eastern side of the street together with three grade II* listed town houses and the former premises of Talbots Bottlers.
Blackfriars, Gloucester, England, founded about 1239, is one of the most complete surviving Dominican black friaries in England. Now owned by English Heritage and restored in 1960, it is currently leased to Gloucester City Council and used for weddings, concerts, exhibitions, guided tours, filming, educational events and private hires. The former church, since converted into a house, is a Grade I listed building.
Apart from mineral water, the firm produced seltzer water, potass water, lemonade, soda water, ginger ale, magnesia water, aerated lime juice, lithia water, quinine tonic water and orange champagne.Later they began to bottle alcoholic drinks, included beer and cider for Bass and Worthington.
Mineral water is water from a mineral spring that contains various minerals, such as salts and sulfur compounds. Mineral water may be classified as "still" or "sparkling" (carbonated/effervescent) according to the presence or absence of added gases.
Lithia water is defined as a type of mineral water characterized by the presence of lithium salts. Natural lithia mineral spring waters are rare and there are few commercially bottled lithia water products.
In 1959 they had offices in Westgate Street. [ citation needed ] Archaeological investigations of the Ladybellegate site were carried out after 2000 in connection with proposals to redevelop adjacent buildings. The site is now in the ownership of Historic England.The firm went out of business around that time.
The Westgate area of Gloucester is centred on Westgate Street, one of the four main streets of Gloucester and one of the oldest parts of the city. The population of the Westgate ward in Gloucester was 6,687 at the time of the 2011 Census.
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In 1881, Talbot was president of The Gloucester Fish and Game Supply Society Limited.In 1884, he successfully stood for election in the east ward of the City of Gloucester. He was of a Conservative disposition. In November 1886, he was elected high sheriff of the city and served for one year. In November 1888, he was elected for one year an alderman of Gloucester. He was a sidesman of St Mary de Crypt Church.
Talbot died on 14 February 1891. He had been in ill health for some time. The immediate cause of his death was chronic asthma and bronchitis.
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