TRADERS WITHIN THE PORT
MALTINGS AND PUBLIC HOUSES
MALT SHOVEL INN AND MALTINGS
ZACHARY SMITH'S TRENT BREWERY
SHOVEL INN AND MALTINGS
The Malt Shovel
Inn and the adjacent corbelled building on the Wharf were built by Humphrey
Moore in 1799. The Moore's were a local farming family but in addition
to working the land Humphrey rented part of a quarry from the Holden's
of Aston and carried stone from Weston Cliff to mend the flood defences
at Derwentmouth and the copings of the canal. In 1811 he borrowed money
from Mr Holden to build a tramway from the Aston plaster pit to the canal
and he also bought the plot of land later known as Millfield from Mr Burgin.
in April 1816 leaving legacies totalling £1640 to nephews and nieces.
His nephew George took over the buildings on the wharf and sold the contents
which from the auctioneers advert in the Derby Mercury we know included
brewing vessels. A map of the same year confirms that the corbelled building
started life as a brewery. In the will George is described as a maltster
and as the brewing implements were sold perhaps the building now continues
as a maltings or malt warehouse.
not gone, however, as George Gilbert tells us the story of Humphrey’s ghost
haunting the building, a tale dating from George's childhood in the 1820s
which caused him to "whistle as loudly as ever I could whenever I had to
pass it". George also tells us that until the Baptist Chapel was built
on the Wharf the house attached was used to hold services and the Sunday
By 1852 the
properties are owned by William Clarke who is running the Malthouse
himself, letting out the house which later becomes the Malt Shovel to William
Bancroft, a boatbuilder and a storeroom to Mary Cope who runs the New Inn.
the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries the building was a
brewhouse and never listed as a public house or inn in the local trade
directories. For some years it was called the Dew Drop and the first mention
of it as the Malt Shovel seems to be the 1891 census when the publican
is Joseph Cope. We know from a Trust Deed of 1923 that the "Malt
house or Malt Office now unoccupied" and the beerhouse, the Malt Shovel
Inn were owned by Zachary Smith and Co., whose brewery was across the canal.
Zachary lived at Broughton House. Smiths Brewery was taken over by Marston's
and so to the present day.
photographs, maps and the full text of the 1816 advert, George Gilbert’s
memories of the beerhouse and Humphrey’s ghost and a fuller story of Zachary
Smith’s Brewery are on display at the Centre. Use the links below for more
pre 1955 layout of Malt Shovel
new layout 1955
ZACHARY SMITH'S TRENT BREWERY
The Trent Brewery appears in the 1870 Directory as Smith, L & Co. mild,
strong, India pale ale and porter brewers, Trent Brewery. By 1874
the company is listed as Z. Smith & Co. and Zachary Smith is living
in the village at Broughton House. The 1881 census entry gives the following
Zachary Smith 54 Brewer employing 20 men. Born Ashby, Leicestershire.
Emma Smith wife 47 born Ireland.
They employed a cook, a housemaid and a page.
Dr Lethbridge Farmer, the son of Shardlow’s Rector, remembered Zachary
Smith as “a retiring man of punctilious manners, generous to all good causes
and always dressed in a grey suit and grey bowler hat”. John Nash recalled
that it was at Zachary Smith’s house that he “with all the other village
kids received a medal and enamel mug on the coronation of King Edward V11”.
Emma died 6 May 1906 aged 76 and Zachary died 27 December 1918 aged
The Brewery was built on the site of a disused grain warehouse (no.27
on the 1852 plan) and the company also used the warehouse (no.35 on the
plan) as a bottling store.
Z. Smith & Co. became a Limited Company and issued shares
in December 1898 and became a registered company in 1923. The schedule
attached to the latter document lists the properties owned by the company.
SHARDLOW; Malt House, Malt Shovel Inn, Dog and Duck Inn, Wharf House,
SAWLEY; Railway Inn, house, shops and cottages on Church Street
and Cross Street, Nags Head and related cottages and Butcher’s Shop, Off-license
at the corner of Nottingham Road and Hey St.
DERBY; Alexandra Hotel, the Lorne, Boyer Street, bakehouse on Milton
Street, houses and shops on Normanton Road, Warner Street, Gerard Street,
Bainbrigge Street, Depot Street and Barrow Street, Neptune Inn, Buck
in the Park.
LONG EATON; Tiger Inn, shops and houses on Queen Street, Lower Brook
Street and Russell Street.
DRAYCOTT; Travellers Rest Inn.
BORROWASH; Nags Head Inn.
CASTLE DONINGTON; Kings Head Inn, Lamb Inn, house, stable etc at the
corner of Clapgun Street and Market Place.
OSGATHORPE; Story Arms.
SHEPSHED; Lifeguardsman Inn, Pied Bull Inn, houses and shops Factory
Street and Bull Ring, Railway Hotel, cottage and shop Hallcroft.
WHITWICK; Foresters Arms.
LOUGHBOROUGH; house and shop Russell Street, Gate Inn, Boat Inn.
MELBOURNE; house shop and cottages Rawden Street, houses and shop Station
QUORNDON; Quorn Hunt Ale Stores.
LONG WHATTON; Royal Oak Inn.
HATHERN; Kings Arms Inn.
PEGGS GREEN; Engine Inn.
LITTLE EATON; New Inn.
COALVILLE; houses and shop Gutteridge Street.
SMALLEY; Nag’s Head Inn.
BREASTON; Bull’s Head Inn.
HUGGLESCOTE; houses and shop.
PACKINGTON; Bull and Lion Inn.
SHELTON LOCK; Bridge Inn.
ILKESTON; house and shop Ebenezer Street.
ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH; White Hart.
Trent Brewery Employees.
We know the names of three of Zachary Smith’s waggoners.
“His head waggoner Joe Herod drove a pair of 17 hand horses of which
he was deservedly proud.” - Dr Lethbridge Farmer.
The 1881 census lists the family living on Long Row. Joseph Herod,
57, brewery drayman, born Sawley is listed with his wife Elizabeth, 54,
born Hemington, and their four children Catherine, Joseph, Harriet and
Sarah Jane, and grandson Hartley Howarth.
“My father was one of [Z Smith] waggoners who with a pair of heavy
horses and a waggon took barrels and cases of bottled beer to public houses
in the surrounding district as far as Loughborough” - John Nash talking
of the 1890’s [in 1970’s].
The 1891 census lists the Pegg family living on Wilne Lane. John Pegg,
48, brewers drayman, born at Wilne is listed with his wife Ann, 50,
born at Weston and their eight children Sarah, Mary, George, John, James,
Henry, Kezia and Ann.
John Pegg driving one of Zachary’s drays
Z Smith horse harness brass
Mr Nash also remembered one of the employees perks.
“I had the job of taking a stone gallon bottle in my barrow along with
the other kids whose fathers worked at the Brewery and line up at five
o’clock for old Joe Herod to fill the bottle with the workman’s beer allowance.
This gave us the chance to nick a few barrel bungs to play hop scotch with”
- John Nash, Long Eaton Advertiser 21 March 1975.
After the Company's activities were moved to Burton on Trent, the building
was used as a Malt Extract Works, then demolished in 1975.
Demolition in progress.
Many thanks for information and illustrations to Mr Clifton, Mrs
Knibb, Mr and Mrs Morton-Harrison