Records of Watney & Company Ltd, brewers, Pimlico, London, England

Scope and Content

The collection consists of promotional material relating to Watney & Company Ltd. Includes:

  • Promotional material, c1960/70s.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1636 John Greene leased the property on the site of what was later to be the Stag Brewhouse and Brewery. He was succeeded in 1641  by his son, William (later Sir Greene ), who built the brewhouse and took his cousin, John Greene into partnership in 1646  . John Greene built another brewery at Kensington Gravel pits, London. The brewhouse expanded, the partnership owning over 16 acres by the end of the 18th century. The Watney family were the main partners in the Stag Brewery of Pimlico for much of the 19th century. In 1837  , James Watney became a partner in the brewery with John Lettsom Elliot and Charles Lambert , as later did his sons James and Norman in 1856  . The brewery was known as Elliot, Watney & Co from about 1849  . John L Elliot withdrew from the business in 1850  , and for 8 years remained a partner in name only. He finally retired in 1858  and the firm became known as James Watney & Co . James Watney then kept the management almost entirely to himself until his death, at well over eighty years, in 1884  . After his death in 1884  , Watney & Co Ltd became a private limited company in 1885  . In 1898  , it acquired Messrs. Combe Delafield and Co . and Messrs. Reid and Co. , and was thereafter known as Messrs. Watney Combe & Reid .


The material is arranged according to the Scottish Brewing Archive classification scheme used within all SBA collections.

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Custodial History

Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


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Additional Information

This material is original

Fonds level description compiled by Cheryl Brown, Archive Cataloguer, 15 May 2012. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 13 June 2012. Catalogue revised by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 13 June 2012.

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives Ad Hoc Commission on Descriptive Standards, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description Notes and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names . Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

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