W is for Wine Merchant
By CLEMENTS, W[illia]m, 1849
Wm. Clements, Wine & Spirit Merchant
- Author: CLEMENTS, W[illia]m
- Publication place: Birmingham
- Publisher: Red Lion Gin Palace, 58, High Street
- Publication date: c1849-1881
- Physical description: Engraved trade card.
- Dimensions: 80 by 120mm (3.25 by 4.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17896
‘Slater’s National Commercial Directory’ of 1846 lists William Clements as a wine. Merchant operating at 102 Digbeth, Birmingham. He is again listed at these premises in ‘Birmingham: History and General Directory of the Borough of Birmingham’ of 1849, in which also appears a James Clements at the 58, High Street, Birmingham, the address mentioned on the present trade card. The Digbeth address was actually home to the Clements’ vault, where their vast stock of liquor was stored before transportation to their shop on the High Street. It is likely that James may have been William’s son, by whom he was joined in business.
The London Gazette announced the bankruptcy of William Clement in 1881, but indicated that he was “carrying on business as a Wine and Spirit Merchant. at 102, Digbeth, Birmingham”, suggesting that his career may have spanned five decades.