Charles Eldridge first married and is known to have had a daughter Sophia born at Bath, Somerset, England. He remarried on 5 Mar 1829 at Dorchester, Dorset to Sarah Balson and she is recorded as having been previously married. Charles and Sarah had three children at Dorchester.
The Dorchester entry in the 1830 Pigots Directory lists Charles at the Green Dragon, Durngate Street in the Taverns & Public Houses section. Sarah is understood to have been the licensee when she married in 1829 and in 1837 when Charles and Sarah established the Green Dragon Brewery. The 1841 census shows Charles as a brewer not born in the County. Pigots 1844 Directory lists Charles at Durngate Street in the Brewers & Malsters and the Wine & Spirit Merchants sections.
Charles died in 1846 and his will proved at London on 30 May 1846. The business established by Charles and Sarah was then understood to be run by Sarah in partnership with a brewer named Alfred Mason. The 1851 census shows Sarah as a brewer employing 9 men. Slaters Directory of 1852/3 lists Sarah in the Brewers & Malsters section at Durngate Street & Charles Street. Sarah Eldridge died on 25 Nov 1856 and her will proved at London on 24 Jan 1857.
After his retirement in 1870 Alfred Mason sold his share in the business to Edwin Pope creating the Eldridge Pope brewery business. Edwin formed a partnership with his brother Alfred and they acquired Sarah Eldridge's two thirds of the business in 1873 and later transferred production from the Dragon Brewery and the Mariners Brewery to the newly built Dorchester Brewery. In 1897 the partnership between Edwin and Alfred was dissolved with the business became the limited liability company Eldridge Pope & Co.
Charles daughters Sophia, Emily and Sarah Albina survived the death of his wife Sarah in 1856. Sophia had married John James Besant, a brewer & malster, in 1851, Emily had married John Tizard, a solicitor, in 1852 and Sarah Albina, after a marriage to Arthur John Hawkins in 1857 married John Viant, a solicitor, in 1866.
Updated 16 November 2013
Charles Eldridge (1791-1846) m ( ) Sophia (Unknown) (1797-1826) | | | Sophia Eldridge (1826- ) | m 1851 John James Besant (1817-1873) | | | John Charles Eldridge Besant (1852-1932) | Sarah Katherine Eldridge Besant (1854- ) | Sophie Eldridge Besant (1856-1856) | Sophie Eldridge Besant (1857-1896) | Florence Albina Besant (1860-1883) | Arthur Henry Eldridge Besant (1865-1931) | Annie Maude Besant (1868-1943) | m 1829 Sarah Balson (1798-1856) | Emily Eldridge (1831-1875) m 1852 John Tizard (1825-1873) | | | Charles Eldridge Tizard (1853-1927) | Kathleen Eugenie Tizard (1854-1932) | Emily Tizard (1856-1871) | John Arthur Frederick Tizard (1857- ) | Alfred Ephrot Tizard (1859-1912) | Lillian Tizard (1862- ) | Henry Ernest Tizard (1866- ) | Charles Eldridge (1833-1850) Sarah Albinia Eldridge (1836-1873) m 1857 Arthur John Hawkins ( - ) m 1866 John Viant (1835-1896) | John Eldridge Viant (1867-1931) Lilian Margaretta Viant (1869-1922) Charles Ernest Viant (1872-1937)