Burton & District
Family History Society

A branch of the Birmingham & Midland Society
for Genealogy & Heraldry

Welcome

Thank you for visiting our website

 

At the Burton & District Branch of the Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry we hold branch meetings regularly, where our members enjoy a varied and interesting programme.

The last meeting of the year takes a different format and is a week earlier than normal to avoid a clash with members Christmas activities.

Visitors are always welcome to attend any of our meetings.

 

Please browse the pages in the menu bar above to discover more about our Society and feel free to get in touch with us if you have a question.

 

 

Member's Interests

All our members are researching different family names to add to their family trees as part of their genealogical research. You may find that someone in a branch of your own family tree has the same name and may even be connected to another member's ancestors.

 

To discover whether this is the case, a list of Member's Interests has been compiled on the main BMSGH website for you to search.

Click this link to go the the main site.

 

 

 

 

Background information about the images in the heading.

The illustration used in the heading of this website is of the extensive Goat Maltings in Clarence Street opened by Peter-Walker & Co. Ltd. in 1883. Peter Walker was a member of a Scottish brewing family that settled in Liverpool. His brother founded the Walker Art Gallery.

In 1860 Peter bought the small Willow Brewery in Willow Road, Wrexham, and developed it into the largest brewery in the town. He served as Mayor of Wrexham in 1866 and 1867 but after his disappointment at not being elected for a third term in 1881 he decided to move his business to Burton on Trent in Staffordshire. He laid the foundation stone for his new brewery in February 1882 but died just two months later.

The Goat on the weather vane is a Welsh goat - a reminder of the company's origins in Wrexham.

Peter Walker was an inventor who patented the Burton Union system (though there is some doubt as to whether he actually was the inventor). The company originally operated as Peter Walker and Son in Liverpool and Warrington.

His eldest son, Sir Andrew Barclay Walker, merged his own operations and expanded the Burton-on-Trent brewery after his father's death. Sir Andrew pioneered many of the innovations in brewing production, beer distribution & pub management. The company merged with Cain's in 1921 and was acquired by the Aston-based Atkinson's Brewery in 1925, eventually being absorbed into Allied Breweries. The Goat Maltings finally closed in 1967.