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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2305
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1558-1983
Level of description: Collection
View subfonds/series records
Extent: 163.97 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Courage Ltd | brewers


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Anchor Brewery in Southwark was established in 1616 by James Monger and taken over later by James Monger junior. It was bought by James (or Josiah) Child by 1670; who was joined by his son-in-law Edmund Halsey in 1693. Halsey became sole proprietor on Child's death. The brewery was bought in 1729 by Ralph Thrale, Halsey's nephew, and passed to his son Henry in 1758. It was sold on Henry Thrale's death in 1781 to David Barclay, Robert Barclay, Sylvanus Bevan and John Perkins. The name was later changed from "Thrale and Company" (later "H. Thrale and Company") to "Barclay Perkins and Company" on 1 Jan 1798. The company was incorporated as "Barclay Perkins and Company Limited" in 1896. Barclay Perkins took over Style and Winch with the Dartford Brewery Company and the Royal Brewery Brentford in 1929. In 1951 the company began to establish the Blue Nile Brewery in Khartoum.

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.

The Brewery was founded in Reading in 1768 by William Simonds. The brewery moved to Broad Street in 1782 and Bridge Street in 1790. By late nineteenth century the brewery had established overseas branches to supply army garrisons. The business was incorporated in November 1885 as H and G Simonds Limited.

Courage and Barclay Limited was formed in 1955 upon the merger of Barclay Perkins and Company Limited and Courage and Company Limited. Took over Charles Kinloch and Reffells Bexley Brewery in 1957 and Yardley's London and Provincial Stores and Santovin in 1959. Nicholson and Sons Limited was a wholly owned subsidiary by 1959.

Courage, Barclay and Simonds Limited was created by the merger of Courage and Barclay Limited and H and G Simonds Limited in 1960. Courage Barclay and Simonds Limited changed its name to Courage Limited in 1970. In 1972 the firm was acquired by Imperial Tobacco Group Limited for 320 million, changed name to Imperial Brewing and Leisure Limited. In 1986 Imperial Group acquired by Hanson Trust plc, which sold Courage Limited as a separate concern to Elders IXL, the Australian conglomerate.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of various constituent, predecessor and associated companies of Courage, Barclay and Simonds, brewers; with records relating to licensed and other premises (distinguished by the reference PH). The amount and type of papers vary from company to company, and include corporate records, accounting records, sales and production records, papers relating to premises including breweries and public houses, papers relating to staffing, personal papers of individuals and public relations department records.

The constituent, predecessor and associated companies for which there are records in this collection include (for further information please consult the separate sub-fonds entry for each company):
Anchor Taverns Ltd
Arndale - Horselydown Ltd
Arthur Cooper (Wine Merchant) Ltd
Ashby's Staines Brewery Ltd
Ashford Valley Cyders Ltd
Ashton Gate Brewery Company Ltd
Barclay Perkins (Sudan) Ltd (Blue Nile Brewery)
Barclay Perkins and Co. Ltd
Basingstoke Town Properties Ltd
Bournemouth Wine Company Ltd
Bristol Brewery Georges and Co. Ltd
Bristol United Breweries Ltd
C.N. Kidd and Son Ltd
Camden Brewery Company Ltd
Camwal Ltd
Cantrell and Cochrane Ltd
Carlos and Thrale Ltd
Catering Services (Newark) Ltd
Chandlers Ltd
Charles Beasley Ltd
Charles Kinloch and Co. Ltd
Charlton Brewery Company Ltd
Clinch and Co. Ltd
Courage and Barclay Ltd
Courage and Co. Ltd (including Courage (Central) Ltd; Courage (Eastern) Ltd; Courage (Export) Ltd and Courage (Western) Ltd)
Courage Group and Courage Ltd
Courage, Barclay and Simonds Ltd
Couratown Property Developments Ltd
Crocker Brothers Ltd
Dartford Brewery Company Ltd
Farnham United Breweries Ltd
G. Hall and Co. Ltd
George Raggett and Sons Ltd
H. and G. Simonds Ltd
H. and G. Watts (1935) Ltd
Harmans Uxbridge Brewery Ltd
Herbert Stebbings and Sons Ltd
Hodgson's Kingston Brewery Company Ltd
Horselydown Property Investment Company (Developments) Ltd
Horselydown Property Investment Company Ltd
HPIC: associated companies
James Hole and Co. Ltd
John May and Co. Ltd
Kingston Brewery Property Company Ltd
Lawn and Alder Ltd
London and Provincial Shop Centres (Horselydown) Ltd
London and Provincial Shop Centres Horselydown (Slough) Ltd
McGeorge and Heppenstalls Ltd
McManus - Horsleydown Ltd
Medway Mineral Waters Ltd
Mumford Hotels Ltd
Nevile Reid and Co. Ltd
Nicholson and Sons Ltd
Noakes and Co. Ltd
Oakhill Brewery Company Ltd
Octagon Brewery Ltd
Old Brewery Property Development Company Ltd
Phillips and Sons Ltd
Plymouth Breweries Ltd
R. Halley Ltd
Reffells Bexley Brewery Ltd
Royal Brewery Brentford Ltd
Saccone and Speed Ltd
Santovin Ltd
Sheffield and District Public House Trust Company Ltd
Shepton Mallet Town Street Investments Ltd
Slough Retail Centre Ltd
South Berkshire Brewery Company Ltd
South Coast Bottling Company Ltd
Star Brewery Company Ltd
Stratford Catering Company Ltd
Style and Winch Ltd
Torquay Brewing and Trading Company Ltd
Town and City Properties Ltd
Union Breweries Ltd
Wheeler's Wycombe Breweries Ltd
Whepstead Properties Ltd
Wolton and Attwood Ltd
Yardley's London and Provincial Stores Ltd
York Mineral Water Company Ltd.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The present list is arranged generally in the order of the survey prepared by the Business Archives Council 1982-1983. Each major company was listed followed by lists of the companies it acquired so that Barclay Perkins was followed by companies it took over, then Courage and its acquisitions, Courage and Barclay and its acquisitions, and so on to a series of "miscellaneous companies"; then H and G Simonds and its acquisitions; finally Bristol-based Brewery Georges and its acquisitions. Within each company records have been listed according to the BAC divisions of corporate, accounting, sales, production, staff and premises, and generally in the BAC order within each division. Where appropriate further divisions, such as personal and public relations, have been created.

Conditions governing access:

Board and committee papers, solicitors papers, staff records and all records dating from 1951 may not be consulted without written permission from the Company Secretary. Other corporate and accounting records may not be consulted until 30 years from the final date in the records.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

When these records were first surveyed, in 1966, they were in the strongroom and paper store at Horsleydown and in the strongroom and vaults in Anchor Terrace. Subsequently the Company Secretary deposited some Barclay Perkins records in the GLRO, including deeds of title to the brewery site, board minutes and rest books, but increasing pressure of work made it impossible for him to continue to organise further deposits. In 1975-1976 another survey was carried out by GLRO of the records then held at Anchor Terrace. Various factors made further deposits at that time impossible and in 1982-1983 the Business Archives Council carried out their own survey of the records at Anchor Terrace and Horsleydown. They also surveyed all the records of the Courage Group held elsewhere and produced a valuable and comprehensive report. In 1986, when a series of changes were occurring in the company, the records at Anchor Terrace were finally deposited at GLRO. To these were added in 1987 records which had been at Horsleydown and Anchor Terrace but which had since been transferred to Reading. The list also includes three deposits of deeds and other records relating to brewery and licensed premises made by other departments of the company after the major deposit of 1986.

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were first surveyed by the Greater London Record Office in 1966 and were then deposited between 1969 and 2014. The accession numbers for the various deposits are as follows: ACC/2305, ACC/2310, ACC/2521, ACC/2615, AC/69/49, AC/69/71, AC/69/101, AC/70/41, AC/70/88; B08/177, B14/144.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also ACC/3255 for records of Courage.

Publication note:

See The Courage Group (Courage and Barclay, 1968); G N Hardinge, The Development and Growth of Courage's Brewery (Courage and CO, 1932) and J Pudney, A Draught of Contentment: The Story of the Courage Group (1971).

Also L Richmond and A 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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