Flagon of ‘R Smith, wine and spirit merchant, Witham’, belonging to Martyn Drake. Close-up of inscription. Robert Smith was a brewer from about 1850 to about 1882, when he retired to become a gentleman. He was first at the Angel (site now 39 Newland Street), and then from about 1860 at the site now 35 Newland Street, where a ‘steam brewery’ was mentioned 1870 onwards. He was first referred to as a wine and spirit merchant as well as a brewer in 1859 and this continued thereafter. See note on ‘People’ file for details.