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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4435/A
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1888-1985
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.66 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Meux's Brewery Co Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Horseshoe Brewery was founded before 1764 and was situated at 269 Tottenham Court Road, London. The business was purchased by Sir Henry Meux after a dispute at his previous business, Reid, Meux and Company, resulted in him leaving. The Horseshoe Brewery had previously been managed by Blackburn and Bywell.

The brewery traded under the name Henry Meux and Company. Sir Henry Meux the Second ran the brewery after the death of his father in 1841 until 1878 when Henry Bruce Meux and Lord Tweedmouth took over management and renamed the company Meux's Brewery Company Limited which was registered in 1888.

In 1921 operations were transferred to the Nine Elms Brewery, Nine Elms Road, Wandsworth which was the premises of Thorne Bros Limited, acquired by Meux in 1914. The Nine Elms Brewery was renamed the Horseshoe Brewery and the old Horseshoe Brewery was closed.

The company acquired Burge and Company Limited, Victoria Brewery, Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire in 1931 and Mellersh and Neale Limited, Reigate, Surrey in 1938. In 1956 Meux's Brewery merged with Friary, Holroyd and Healy's Breweries Limited, Guildford, Surrey, to form Friary Meux Limited.

Meux's Brewery Company Limited went into liquidation in November 1961 and the Horseshoe Brewery ceased to brew in 1964.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Meux's Brewery Company, 1888-1985. This collection contains corporate, accounts and premises records. Corporate records include minutes of Directors' meeting and Annual General Meetings, memoranda and articles of association, legal papers relating to a court case against the Marquis of Aylesbury and trading agreements. Accounts records comprise a finance file. Premises records include documents relating to brewery premises, individual public houses and also brewery vessels used at the Wharf.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

This collection has been divided into three series, corporate (LMA/4435/A/01), accounts (LMA/4435/A/02) and premises (LMA/4435/A/03), to reflect the nature of the records.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the Corporation of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received as a gift in 2002.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also ACC/1617 for more records relating to Meux's Brewery Company.

Publication note:

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:
November 2009 to February 2010

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