Yeovil people

earle vincent

Owner of the Royal Osborne Brewery


Earle Vincent was born in Lymington, Hampshire, in 1838. He was the son of brewer Earle Vincent and his wife Henrietta. In the 1841 census Earle Vincent Snr aged 40, and Henrietta, aged 30, were living in Lymington with their young family; Earle aged 3, Henrietta aged 2, Harriet aged 1 and 6-month-old Louisa.

By 1851 Earle Vincent Jnr was a boarder at a private school in Brook Street, Bishops Waltham, Hampshire, run by Church of England clergyman William Allen. By 1861 Earle was living in Victoria Street, New Windsor, Berkshire, with his two sisters Henrietta and Flora. He gave his occupation as brewer's clerk. He worked at the Victoria Brewery, Windsor.

In March 1863 Timothy Huffam sold the Royal Osborn Steam Brewery to 25-year old Earle Vincent and the handover was announced in the 17 March 1863 edition of the Western Flying Press (see Gallery). Note that in the announcement Earle stated that he was "Manager at the Victoria Brewery, Windsor, for the last four years" - perhaps something of an exaggeration?

In the spring of 1864 Earle married Martha Fowle at Andover, Hampshire, and moved to Yeovil where their two daughters were born; Sophia Fowle born in 1865 and Henrietta born in 1866. However Martha died in the winter of 1867 and in the 1871 census Earle Vincent was living at Osborne House, Sherborne Road, next door to the Royal Osborne brewery. He was listed in the census as a 33-year-old widower with his two daughters, his sister Augusta, a cook and a housemaid. Earle described his occupation as Brewer.

Earle was a Freemason, initiated into the Lodge of Brotherly Love in Yeovil on 21 February 1877.

In the spring of 1872 Earle married Emma Rawlins of Yeovil at Bedminster, Bristol. In the 1881 census Earle and Emma were living at Osborne House with their three children; daughter Eiline aged 7, Earle aged 6, Henry aged 1 and three general servants. Earle Vincent described his occupation as 'Brewer employing ten men'. His daughters Sophia and Henrietta were absent for this census but were listed in the 1891 census.

Earle Vincent died in the summer of 1893 aged 55. Following his death his estate was sold (the sale details are shown in the gallery) - It included the Royal Osborne Brewery, four freehold public houses; the Elephant and Castle Hotel, the South Western Inn, the Butchers Arms Inn and the Foresters Inn at East Coker. Several leasehold public houses including the George Hotel, the Castle Hotel, the Albion Inn, the Black Horse Inn, the London Inn, the King's Arms, the Victoria Inn and the Rock Inn at Stoford. Also Osborne House, Osborne Villa and substantial land holdings as far as Newton Road that would eventually house the Western Gazette building and Aplin & Barrett's factory. The estate sold for a total of £9,865 (around £7 million at 2017's value) and bought by Jonathan Drew Knight, brewer of Shepton Mallet.




The notice placed in the 17 March 1863 edition of the Western Flying Press by Timothy Huffam and Earle Vincent, informing of the takeover of the brewery.


Earle Vincent's advertisement in the 1878 edition of Whitby's Yeovil Almanack Advertiser.


The property sale of Earle Vincent's estate from the 2 October 1894 edition of the Exeter & Plymouth Gazette. It included the Royal Osborne Brewery, several public houses and beerhouses, Osborne House, Osborne Villa and substantial land holdings as far as Newton Road.