The monks quickly realised that Faversham's pure water could be combined with locally grown malted barley to produce a quality ale. After the death of his father and followed closely by Richard Marsh Junior in 1727, Mary, Marsh's daughter-in-law, found herself at the head of the brewery.
A few years later, in 1732, she married Samuel Shepherd. The latter was able to give impetus to the development of the company and invested in the acquisition of pubs. Then the business was passed down from father to son until 1864, when Percy Beale Neame joined the company as a partner. The brewery Shepherd Neame & Company was born.