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 in Britain - Men at Bristol unloading sugar from the West Indies 1823
Bristol sugar refinery, workers shovel sugar at the Counterslip refinery in Bristol England, engraving by W. B. Murray, 1873
St John's Bridge sugar house - Line drawing of 1799 plan of Lewins Mead & St John's Bridge area of Bristol
St John's Bridge sugar house - 1799 plan of Lewins Mead & St John's Bridge area of Bristol
Wednesday, Feb 26, 1817; pg. 4; Issue 10081; col A
From Saturdays Gazette. Partnership Dissolved. Between Biggs and Savery, Bristol sugar refiners.
Monday, Jul 29, 1839; pg. 5; Issue 17106; col D
Bankruptcy of Frederick Savery 1820