Stoneware Jar ~ T.L. Henly, Wine & Spirit Merchant, Warminster ~ For Sale By Auction

Monday 29th January 2018:

An item from Warminster's past is included in an auction of antiques, furniture and collectables, next month. Lot 640a in the sale at Wessex Auction Rooms, Westbrook Farm, Draycot Cerne, near Chippenham, SN15 5LH, on Saturday 3rd February 2018, is a stoneware jar impressed 'T.L. Henly, Wine & Spirit Merchant, Warminster.' The auctioneer's estimate for the jar is £20 to £40. The auction commences at 10.00 a.m. Viewing is available on Friday 2nd February, 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., and on the sale day from 8.30 a.m. Wessex Auction Rooms are located just off Junction 17 of the M4. Bidding is available online. For further details, telephone 01249 720888 or email

Danny Howell writes:
T.L. Henly inscribed on this stone jar is Thomas Large Henly. Traders in the Warminster entries of the Post Office Directory For Wiltshire 1855 include 'Henly, Thomas Large, wine & spirit merchant, Weymouth St.'

Henly's name featured in the 
Warminster traders entries in the 
Post Office Directory for Wiltshire, 1855.

Danny Howell continues
Thomas Large Henly is also recorded in the entries for Calne in the same directory of 1855, his address being South Place, Calne. He is recorded again at South Place, Calne, in the 1859 Post Office Directory for Wiltshire, and is listed as being not only a wine and spirit merchant but also a flax scutcher. It would seem he resided at Calne, with branches of his wine and spirit merchant's business at Calne and Warminster, and also in Bristol. (Surving stone jars bearing T.L. Henly's name feature the place names Calne, Bristol and Warminster as part of their inscriptions). Thomas Large Henly was declared bankrupt in 1867 but he paid off his creditors and set himself up in a partnership cultivating flax in Uruguay, South America. Extensive details concerning this and Henly and his family can be read on the following websites:

Danny Howell adds:
Henly's premises at Weymouth Street, Warminster, later continued as a wine and spirit merchants ran by Wyld and Warburton (from circa 1879 onwards). W.P.T. Wyld was the sole-proprietor in 1895; he eventually sold the business to Applegates of Trowbridge in 1905 (Warminster & Westbury Journal, 25th March 1905). It continued as an off-licence but also sold beer. Large cellars beneath the property were once used for the storage of wine. Applegates' premises at Weymouth Street subsequently became the Bunch of Grapes public house.