A piece of local history will go on display next week in Fazeley Town Hall.
After contacting The National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent, the Town Council’s search for a photo of James Eadie, the man who had Fazeley’s Town Hall built in 1896, has ended in success.
Fazeley’s Town Mayor, Cllr Rebecca James, and the Leader of Fazeley Town Council, Cllr Andrew James, recently visited The National Brewery Centre to view a rare photograph of Mr Eadie, taken in 1894, and a copy of the photo will be displayed in the Town Hall.
Cllr Andrew James said, “When I became Mayor in 2009 I set out to try to track down a photo of James to display in the building that he generously paid for 116 years ago and I am pleased to have found a photo to display in the town.”
James Eadie, who was born in Blackford, Perthshire, Scotland, moved to Fazeley to live with his uncle in 1842. Mr Eadie began a business supplying malt to brewers around Fazeley and extended the business to cover Burton-upon-Trent, then in 1854 established Eadie brewery in Burton.
In 1896, as a mark of his gratitude to the Parish, James Eadie purchased land in Fazeley for £3,000 and built the Victoria Memorial Hall, commemorating the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria and it was opened in 1898. Following its opening, the building became the home of Fazeley Parish Council and it was eventually renamed Fazeley Parish Hall.