In 1817 Savery and a partner named Bigg took over a sugar-refinery (or sugar-bakery, as it was then called), and the first of his troubles began: the company soon began to founder and just two years later Savery was bankrupt. Seemingly undeterred, he assumed editorship of the Bristol Observer took over the business of a “West India and General Broker,” but quickly abandoned both ventures, and returned to sugar-refining in partnership with a man named Saward.


slavery bristol 1823
Slavery in Britain - Men at Bristol unloading sugar from the West Indies 1823

bristol sugar refinery
Bristol sugar refinery, workers shovel sugar at the Counterslip refinery in Bristol England, engraving by W. B. Murray, 1873

lewins mead sugar house
St John's Bridge sugar house - Line drawing of 1799 plan of Lewins Mead & St John's Bridge area of Bristol

lewins mead sugar refinery
St John's Bridge sugar house - 1799 plan of Lewins Mead & St John's Bridge area of Bristol

partnership dissolved
The Times, Wednesday, Feb 26, 1817; pg. 4; Issue 10081; col A
     From Saturdays Gazette. Partnership Dissolved. Between Biggs and Savery, Bristol sugar refiners.

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The Times, Monday, Jul 29, 1839; pg. 5; Issue 17106; col D
Bankruptcy of Frederick Savery 1820

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