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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2305/08-1

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1887-1971

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 21.5 linear metres (extent of all 8 Courage subfonds combined).

Name of creator(s): Courage and Co Ltd | brewers
Courage Ltd | brewers


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Courage of Aberdeen bought a brewhouse in Southwark in 1787. After his death it was managed by his wife Harriet and then the senior clerk John Donaldson. It was known as Courage and Donaldson from about 1800 until 1851, when John Courage junior and his sons removed the Donaldsons from management. The company was incorporated as Courage and Company Limited in 1888. Managed The Anchor Brewery, Horselydown, Southwark.

- Alton Brewery Co, Hants, 1903
- G Hall and Co Ltd, Alton Brewery, Alton, Hants (Alton Brewery had been bought by Henry Hall in 1841. After it was acquired by Courage and Co, it continued to brew until 1969 when it became a canning and kegging plant);
- Camden Brewery Co Ltd, Camden, 1923;
- Farnham United Breweries, Surrey, 1927;
- Noakes and Co Ltd, Bermondsey, 1927;
- C N Kidd and Son Ltd, Dartford, 1937;
- Hodgson's Kingston Brewery Co Ltd, Surrey, 1943.

Courage merged with Barclay Perkins and Company Limited in 1955, and ceased to trade in 1957. Courage and Barclay Limited and H and G Simonds Limited merged in 1960, forming Courage, Barclay and Simonds Limited.


Scope and content/abstract:

Corporate records of Courage and Company Limited, brewers, including Directors' meetings minute books; general meetings minute books; papers of the Board; papers of the Secretary; records of the Investment Committee; register of appeals; register of directors' holdings; articles of association; seal register; powers of attorney; papers relating to company formation; papers relating to the liquidation of Farnham United Brewery; and annual reports.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The records of Courage and Company Limited have been divided into 8 sub-fonds:
ACC/2305/08-1: Corporate records;
ACC/2305/08-2: Financial records;
ACC/2305/08-3: Sales records;
ACC/2305/08-4: Production records;
ACC/2305/08-5: Staff records;
ACC/2305/08-6: Property records;
ACC/2305/08-7: Public Relations records;
ACC/2305/08-8: Records of individuals.

Conditions governing access:

Restricted access: please see staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Physical characteristics:


Finding aids:

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited as part of an accession of records from Courage Barclay and Simonds, 1969-1988.


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: November 2009 to February 2010

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Courage and Co Ltd | brewers
Courage Ltd | brewers

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