Pickering Phipps

Pickering Phipps is the name of three related men, father, grandson and great grandson, who were all residents of Northampton, England from 19th and early 20th century. The first began the Phipps Brewery in Towcester in 1801. The company survives today as Phipps NBC.

Site of the Phipps Brewery in Northampton, England, replaced by a modern Carlsberg brewery in 1973
Foundation Stone of St Matthew's Church, Northampton built in memory of Phipps II

Pickering Phipps I

Pickering Phipps (1772-1830) [1] founded a brewery in Towcester, Northamptonshire in 1801. In 1817, he opened a brewery in Bridge Street, Northampton, near to the River Nene and since 1973, the site of a large Carlsberg brewery by Danish architect Knud Munk.[2] He became mayor of Northampton in 1821. He had five sons two of whom, Richard and Thomas, initially inherited the business, as later did a grandson and great grandson, both named Pickering Phipps.

Pickering Phipps II

Pickering II (1827-1890)[3] son of the original Pickering's 3rd son Edward, was also mayor of Northampton from 1860-1866,[1] a JP[3] and Conservative Member of Parliament for Northampton from 1874-1880. He built Collingtree Grange in 1875, which was since demolished, though the entrance lodges and gateway on the A45 road survive.

Pickering Phipps III

Pickering III (1861-1937) became a director of the company in 1886.[1] In 1888, the company built new offices at 8 Gold Street, Northampton. In 1891, the Church of St Matthew's[2] in Kettering Road, Northampton was built and paid for by the family in memory of Phipps II. This area of the town south-east of Kettering Road, known as "Phippsville"[2] was built in the 1880s as a spacious, well-to-do suburb of the town. The large houses are now mostly converted into individual flats. Pickering IIIrd's Northampton home on Cliftonville Rd is now the head offices and showroom of the Jeffery-West shoe company. He was High Sheriff of Northamptonshire in 1897. He sold the Collingtree Grange Estate to the Sears family in 1913.

Northampton Pubs

Both Pickering Phipps[4] and his great local rival, the Liberal MP for Northampton Charles Bradlaugh[5] have pubs named after them in Northampton

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Phipps Northampton Brewery Company official site - history
  2. 1 2 3 Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (revision) (1961). The Buildings of England Northamptonshire. London and New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 341–3,351. ISBN 978-0-300-09632-3.
  3. 1 2 Northampton Evening Telegraph, 1890, County Collection Reference -Central Public Library, Abington Street, Northampton, accessed 3 March 2010
  4. Pickering Phipps pub
  5. Charles Bradlaugh pub
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles George Merewether
Member of Parliament for Northampton
1874 -1880
Succeeded by
Charles Bradlaugh
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