Object of the Month - May 2015
Brazils, Bowyers and prize-winning black pudding, made in Amersham.
The Brazil family’s association with meat processing began here in Amersham, when around the 1920’s, their butcher’s shops began producing and selling sausages and pies wholesale. The success of this venture quickly led to the purchase of the land at the bottom of Station Road (now occupied by Tesco), where the Brazils meat processing factory was built. The company grew from strength to strength, and during the Second World War, despite staff reductions, even began supplying for the armed forces.
The family suffered the deaths of some of its members, leading to the company being sold to the well-established company Bowyers of Wiltshire in 1970. However, the continued success of meat production under the Bowyers name appears to have retained some local connection to Amersham. The prizes on display here for award-winning black pudding were once owned by a long-time Brazils and Bowyers employee, a resident of Amersham. The factory at the foot of Station Road was closed in 1985.
You can find memorabilia about the Brazil family, G Brazil & Co. and Bowyers at Amersham on the ground floor of the museum, and read more about the Brazil company at Amershamhistory.info.