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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4453/M
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1885-1954
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 1.45 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Forest Hill Brewery Co Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history:

Whitbread and Company bought Forest Hill Brewery, located at 61 Perry Vale, Forest Hill, in 1923 as a reaction to the competition for retail outlets created by the 1921 Licensing Act limiting licensing hours and also the continued erosion of licenses in general by previous legislation.

Forest Hill Brewery had been established in 1885 by the Morgan brothers but the owner at the time of Whitbread's interest was Edward Venner who offered the sale. Through Edward Venner, Forest Hill Brewery Company had also gone into partnership with J.H. Hull in a company known as Hull and Venner which had joint ownership of The Railway Tavern in Liverpool Street. Whitbread gained an interest in The Railway Tavern through its purchase of the Forest Hill Brewery Company.

Forest Hill had built up a reputation for trade in 'bright' beer which was matured and filtered before being bottling in contrast to Whitbread's current method of maturation in the bottle that ultimately led to the collection of sediment. The sale therefore appealed to Whitbread managing director Sir Sydney Nevile from a technical perspective. After the takeover, the brewery in South London was closed and the bottling moved to the redundant Gray's Inn Road bottling depot.

Forest Hill Brewery became Whitbread Properties Limited in June 1929.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Forest Hill Brewery Company Limited, including corporate minutes and registers, share certificates, accounts, trade books and property ledgers.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LMA/4453/M/01: Minutes;
LMA/4453/M/02: Registers;
LMA/4453/M/03: Share certificates;
LMA/4453/M/04: Accounts;
LMA/4453/M/05: Private ledgers;
LMA/4453/M/06: Property ledgers;
LMA/4453/M/07: Trade books;
LMA/4453/M/08: Deeds.

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 in 2001 as a gift.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also LMA/4453/H (Whitbread Properties Ltd) and LMA/4453/T (Railway Tavern Ltd).

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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