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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1290
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1712-1968
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.66 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, 1712-1968, comprising deeds and other legal documents relating to public houses owned by the company, including The Railway Hotel and "The Stag", Acton; "The Angel Hotel", Edmonton; The Park Hotel, Hanwell; "The Waggon and Horses", Tottenham, the Wheatsheaf Brewery, Twickenham and "The Case is Altered", "The Spotted Dog", the Stonebridge Park Hotel and "The Victoria", Willesden.

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Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1975 (ACC/1290).

Allied Materials

Related material:

For further records of Watney Mann held at the LMA, see ACC/1320, ACC/1348 and ACC/1311. 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

Archivist's note:

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

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