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Changing Times | The history and times of Pinks of Chichester

Pinks LTD were a much loved and well-known local soft drinks firm producing bottled ginger beer, lemonade and soda water and a range of fruit squashes. Many of today’s residents will still recall the Pinks fizzy pop of their school days.

 

The business was started by Anne Pink in 1890 and was based at Melbourne Road, Chichester. The company began when Anne Pink started brewing Pinks Ginger Beer.

 

Anne had married James Pink in about 1872. Both Anne and James originally came from Hampshire, with James being born at East Meon (c1846) and Anne being born in Hursley (c1849). Anne and James had four children, Edith Maria, Winifred Kate, Arthur Gear and Walter G. All four children were born in Portfield, Chichester.

 

In 1871, prior to their marriage, James was listed as living in St. Pancras. At the time, he was working as a maltster (someone who brewed beer, or prepared malt for brewing).

 

In 1881, the family was living at 12 Florence Lane and both James and Anne were listed as working for a brewery, likely to have been Atkey’s East Walls Brewery. By 1901, Anne and James had relocated to 20 Melbourne Road.

 

The company remained in the family for many generations. In 1901, Arthur, the couple’s first son was listed as ‘Ginger Beer Manufacturer’. He married his wife Margaret in about 1904. In the 1911 census, he and his mother are described as ‘Mineral Water Manufacturers’. Arthur was an enthusiastic member of Priory Park Bowls Club. James Pink unfortunately died at the age of 68 in 1912.

 

However, Anne lived considerably longer.

 

The 1920s saw Pinks buy out their main local competitors, the mineral water manufacturer Chitty’s. Frederick Chitty had sadly passed away in 1916.

 

The logo for Pink’s Ginger Beer and Lemonade was “None Nicer”, and was true to its word. It could be bought in supermarkets locally until the late 1970s, thereafter it seemed to be just available in pubs.

 

Aside from soft drinks, Pinks had also experimented in vinegar, nuts and confectionery. In the 1930s, the family also had a potato crisp factory in Westhampnett Road.

 

In 1986, the firm moved to larger premises at Birdham Road to make way for sheltered housing. The chairman at this time was Jeremy Goodyer-Pink, great-grandson of the founder.

 

Arthur Pink died aged 102 on December 23, 1978, in Chichester and had then been living at Isola Bella, 79 Spitalfields Lane.

 

Although a popular local firm, our knowledge of the Pinks soft drinks company is sadly somewhat woolly in places.

 

We’d love to hear from you if you might be able to fill in some of the gaps. Did you or a family member work for pinks? If you have any information we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch at thenovium@chichester.gov.uk

 

Written by Pat Saunders, volunteer at The Novium Museum

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