1885 When It All Began
The first Smith we know about as a butcher was John Smith, who started a meat business in his home village of Manea, Cambridgeshire around 1850. The village was the centre of a small farming community. His son George Arthur (known as G A) Smith, born 18th July 1862 would have worked with his father and learned his trade as a traditional butcher – i.e. slaughtering, retailing and probably some manufacturing.
In the agricultural depression of the 1870’s G A Smith left home and made a long journey to Birmingham at the age of 17. G A Smith worked hard, married on 9th February 1885 aged 22 and in that year purchased the lease of a small butchers business at 88 Hospital Street.
Walter Smith was G A Smiths son, and he took over the family business in 1914 at the outbreak of the first world war.
Now there are Walter Smith shops across the Midlands many of which have achieved
Q Guild status with more to follow. The Walter Smith name is known across the entire country for its award winning products and innovative home made recipes made from the best quality locally sourced meat.
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