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Scope and Content:
  • Records of Watney Mann Ltd, 1788-1851, comprising deeds and other legal documents relating to public houses owned by the company including "The Feathers", Chiswick; "Rose and Crown", Isleworth and "The Royal Victoria", Hanworth.
Extent: 0.08 linear metres
Classification: BUSINESSES
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
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Administrative History:
  • Watney, Combe, Reid and Co Ltd was formed in 1898 when a merger was negotiated between Watney and Co Ltd of the Stag Brewery, Pimlico; Combe and Co Ltd of the Wood Yard Brewery, Long Acre and Reid's Brewery Co Ltd, of the Griffin Brewery, Clerkenwell. Following the merger the company was the largest brewing concern in the United Kingdom, and was based at Watney's Stag Brewery in Pimlico.

    In 1953 Watney purchased (jointly with Beecham Group Ltd) the franchise for Coca-Cola in south and northwest England, setting up Coca-Cola Southern Bottlers Ltd in 1956.

    In 1956 it was decided that the Stag Brewery offered no further scope for expansion. Mann, Crossman and Paulin Ltd of Whitechapel was acquired to provide a new London brewery, and its name was changed to Watney Mann Ltd.

    In 1962 the trading assets of Watney Mann Ltd were transferred to Watney, Combe, Reid and Co Ltd and it became a holding company. In 1972 Watney Mann was acquired by Grand Metropolitan Hotels and was merged with Truman, Hanbury, Buxton and Co Ltd in 1974. In the 1990s it was Watney Mann and Truman (Holdings) Ltd.
Creator: Watney Mann Ltd | brewers
Combe and Co Ltd | brewers
Copyright: Depositor
Source of Acquisition:
  • Received in 1976.
  • ACC/1348
Access Restrictions: These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 2018
Physical Condition: Fit
Arrangement: ACC/1348/001 - ACC/1348/018
Related Material: For further records of Watney Mann held at the LMA, see ACC/1320, ACC/1311 and ACC/1290. For records of Watney Combe Reid at the LMA see ACC/2979, ACC/1399, ACC/0735 and LMA/4221.

For further records of Watney Combe Reid and Watney Mann Ltd see also Westminster City Archives.
Publication Notes:

For more information please see Hurford Janes "The Red Barrel. A History of Watney Mann" (1963) or Walter Pearce Serocold "The Story of Watneys (1949). Also Lesley Richmond and Alison Turton "The Brewing Industry: a guide to historical records" (1990), LMA Library Reference 60.43 RIC.