A BUTCHER THAT BAKES?

JESSE SMITH & WJ CASTLE

KNEAD BAKERY JOINS THE JESSE SMITH FAMILY

KNEAD Bakery opens for business in December 2020 offering classic patisserie with a modern twist, sourdough pizza, breakfast pastries & freshly baked bread. KNEAD is part of Jesse Smith Butchers, a family owned company, based in the town of Cirencester. Our Head Office and state-of-the-art wholesale preparation facility is here and we have a string of Butchers Shops across the Cotswolds as well as a Kitchen & Catering Unit.

From humble beginnings with just a handful of devoted customers, we now collaborate with many of the best local chefs and restaurateurs. Our reputation has been built on our uncompromising commitment to provenance, fair trade with farmers and especially sourcing the finest quality produce.

Excellent animal husbandry & welfare pared with our teams butchery skills results in a range of meats which we believe is truly exceptional.

1808 - Our beginnings

Our history

OUR PHILOSOPHY

WE'RE ALL ABOUT…

Built on

Solid foundations

Timeline

1808

Butchers established on 12 Black Jack Street in Cirencester including what is now Jesse’s Bistro as the slaughterhouse

1815

THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO 

1830

Edward Boulton registered owner of Butchers on Black Jack Street 6 rival butchers in Cirencester
(Ref Gloucestershire Trade Directory)

1833

SLAVERY ABOLISHED

1849

Butchers on 12 Black Jack Street owned by Daniel Smith
They were living in Gosditch Ward (which included Black Jack St):
Daniel Smith, aged 42, born Cricklade, butcher; with wife Ann, and children.

Susannah, Harry, Joanna, David, Sampson, and Daniel. The Census also shows that David, Sampson and Daniel were born in Cirencester (all the others were Wiltshire born).

11 other butchers in Cirencester
(Ref Gloucestershire Trade Directory)

1861

Census records Daniel Smith (52) as a widower, , living in Black Jack Street, with daughter Joanna, and sons Sampson (age 16), Daniel (14), and Jesse (10). Census lists a Daniel Smith, butcher in Black Jack Street; and an Edward Smith, butcher, in Dollar Street. Were they brothers?

1871

Census lists Daniel Smith, widower aged 62, butcher and farrier, living in Black Jack Street; with his sons Daniel (aged 21), and Jesse (aged 19), both working as butchers, and confirming that both sons were Cirencester born.

1872

Reported in Glos Journal – Daniel Smith, Butcher in Black Jack Street Cirencester had bought a number of Welsh sheep at Cricklade market & put them in his helf on the Tetbury Road. Sheep mysteriously went missing…

1874

Jessie Smith mentioned in the Gloucestershire Journal
‘A serious accident occurred to a boy named William Reed, aged 15, son of P.C. Reed, stationed Cirencester. Saturday morning last he was riding pony, belonging to his master, Mr. J. Smith, butcher, when the animal shied ‘

1876

Directory published by Morris & Co., lists ‘Smith, D. and J., family butchers and bacon curers, St John Street and Castle Street’ [St. John Street = Black Jack St.]. There are separate named entries for:  ‘Smith Daniel, butcher (firm of D. and J. Smith); Black Jack Street’; and ‘Smith Jesse (firm of D. and J. Smith), Castle Street.’ 

1882

Directory for North Wilts, Cricklade and District lists ‘Smith, D. & J., Butchers, 6 St John’s Street’; but by 1889, Kelly’s Directory records ‘Smith Jesse (established over 50 years), Family Butcher, Sausage Maker, bacon curer etc. 6 St. John’s Street.’

1889

Smith Jessie (Established Over 50 Years) Family Butcher, Sausage Maker, Bacon Curer & C 6 St John Street Gloucestershire Trade Directory

1895

Jesse Smith registered as living at Southside, 7 Lewis Lane in Cirencester with his wife Ruth and three daughters.  (Corinium Museum have photos) Gross Value of £1200 

1901

Jessie Smith (family butcher in Cirencester) contested a hearing in court for using his trap for uses other than
solely for trade purposes. 

1906

William Dance (40). butcher, in the Cirencester Cottage Hospital in a critical condition owing to blood poisoning. 
When working at the premises of Messrs. Jesse Smith, Black Jack-street, Dance had the misfortune to cut a finger of his left hand. Three days later he was taken ill. 

1910

Shop front as we know it now erected & left hand building added to Butchers
‘A Trial Solicited for our celebrated SAUSAGES, POLONIES HAMS and Brawns.’
Quality is True Economy

1914 - 1918
WWI

1936 / 1937

Houses were renumbered so number 6 St John’s Street would now be number 14 Black Jack Street.

1937

Jessie Smith died, aged 86

1939 - 1945
WWII

1952

Business bought by the Hawes Family

1956

Opened Jesse Smiths in Tetbury

1962

Took on WJ Castle from William Castle in Burford & Northleach

1970

Opened a catering unit

1992

Third Generation of the Hawes family was born

2016

Opening of Jesse’s Farm Shop on Love Lane in Cirencester

2020

Opening of KNEAD Bakery in Black Jack Street Cirencester. The KNEAD Bakery is part of our Black Jack Street Development which has been suported by a Grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.