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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1311

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1874-1938

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 0.01 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Watney Mann Ltd | brewers


Administrative/Biographical 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.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Watney Mann Ltd, 1874-1938, comprising deeds and other legal records relating to public houses owned by the company in Hillingdon and West Drayton, including "The Rising Sun", and "The Signal".


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

ACC/1311/001 - ACC/1311/017

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the depositor.

Physical characteristics:


Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1976 (ACC/1311).


Related material:

For further records of Watney Mann held at the LMA, see ACC/1320, ACC/1348 and ACC/1290. For records of Watney Combe Reid at the LMA see ACC/2979, ACC/1399 and ACC/0735.

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

Publication note:

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.

DESCRIPTION NOTES Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: July to October 2009

Breweries | Commercial buildings | Buildings | Architecture
Brewers | Food industry personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Business records | Documents | Information sources
Deeds | Documents | Information sources
Legal documents | Law
Public houses | Commercial buildings | Buildings | Architecture
Company archives

Personal names

Corporate names
Watney Combe Reid and Co Ltd | brewers
Watney Mann Ltd | brewers

Hillingdon (district) | Hillingdon | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
West Drayton | Hillingdon | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe