William Garton was born in 1832 in Bath, where his father had a small brewery. In the mid 1850s, with his elder brother Charles, he began experimenting with improved methods of brewing, including the use of saccharine to produce lighter, German-style beers. By the time he came to Southampton in the late 1860s he was ready to set up both a saccharine factory in partnership with Thomas Hill, Southampton agent for many of the large shipping lines; and the “Anglo-Bavarian Brewery", where he could continue with his experiments. The business was closely associated with Charles’ Bristol brewery, which had an office and stores in Southampton from 1865. The Anglo-Bavarian Brewery moved to Shepton Mallett and the saccharine works to Battersea when they outgrew their site, but the Garton family continued to have a local connection, acquiring John Bell and Son, Itchen Brewery, and Cooper & Co of East Street.
William lived at Roseland, a large house formerly situated near Portsmouth Road in Woolston. His wealth allowed him to pursue many philanthropic causes, including the Royal South Hants Hospital where a ward was named in his honour. He died aged 73, 8 March 1905. Garton Road in Woolston was named after him.


William Garton

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From the Woolston Independent, 18 March 1905

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