Gibbs Close is in the Hampton Park area of Bishopdown Farm. I have no idea why it’s called Gibbs Close. A few of the roads in the area have names based on people’s surnames. There must be some connection between the names, but I’m sure I can’t see what it is.

However, ‘Gibbs‘ is a name with strong Salisbury connections – ‘Gibbs Mew‘ was the name of Salisbury’s brewery.

Gibbs-Mew Brewery

The Gibbs brewery was founded by the John Gibbs and his brother George Bridger Gibbs in the 1750s in Haslemere, Surry. George Bridger Gibbs set up a brewery in Salisbury, originally in Endless Street in partnership with Sidney Fawcett[1] in 1858. The firm merged with that of Henry Mew in 1898[2].

The brewery was closed down in 1997[3].

The remaining pub company was taken over by Enterprise Inns in 1998[4].

Gibbs Mew, illustrating Gibbs Close, Salisbury
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Footnotes

  1. The Brewing Industry: A Guide to Historical Records – Lesley Richmond, Alison Turton – Google Books []
  2. Enterprise clinches pounds 48m agreed bid for Gibbs Mew – Business – News – The Independent []
  3. Gibbs Mew – Royal Beer Collections []
  4. Enterprise clinches pounds 48m agreed bid for Gibbs Mew – Business – News – The Independent []

1 Comment for this entry

  • Ian@LetsGO-Show.com says:

    Gibbs Close is either named after a recent past Laverstock & Ford Parish Councillor (known to have been long serving) or after H J Gibbs who was the 2nd ever chairman of Laverstock & Ford Parish Council

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