Records of Berwick Breweries Ltd, brewers, Berwick–upon–Tweed, England

Scope and Content

  • Directors minutes, 1900–1974;
  • Showcards, 1920s;
  • Labels, c1940s;
  • Negative image of showcard (BB11/11/1), 1997;
  • Articles on history of the companies, 1894, 1992.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Border Brewery Company operated two breweries in Berwick–upon–Tweed, Northumberland, England , prior to 1895  . These were Silver Street Brewery at 14 Silver Street and Tweedmouth Brewery in Brewery Lane. Border Breweries Ltd was registered in July 1899  as a limited liability company to acquire the business. In 1924  the company merged with Johnson & Darling Ltd , Tweed Brewery, 12 Silver Street, Berwick–upon–Tweed, Northumberland, England , and changed its name in February 1925  to Berwick Breweries Ltd . In 1934  the company was taken over by Vaux Brewery who closed down the brewing side of operations; the company thereafter remained in business as a bottling plant up to the mid 1950s. The Border Brewery Company Ltd was reformed in 1992  by Mandy and Tony Clark and Carol and Alan Crawford and continues to brew.


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

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Deposited by Usher Vaux, Sunderland.

Other Finding Aids

File level list available in searchroom.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures.

Custodial History

The collection was previously stored with the rest of the Scottish Brewing Archive at Heriot–Watt University. It moved to the University of Glasgow in 1991. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


None expected.

Related Material

GB 0155: Records of Berwick Breweries Co Ltd and related records (Northumberland County Archives Service); GB 0205: Records of Vaux & Associated Breweries Ltd (West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds); GB 0183 BAC: Records of Vaux Group plc (Tyne and Wear Archives Service); GB 0033 D/Va: Records of Vaux Group plc (Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections: Palace Green Section).

Location of Originals

This material is original


Richmond, Lesley and Turton, Alison (eds), The Brewing Industry. A Guide to Historical Records , (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1990); Xerox copy of article in Pints of View giving the history of the Border Brewery Company (BB/15/2); Scottish Brewing Archive (GB 0248).

Richmond, Lesley and Turton, Alison (eds), The Brewing Industry. A Guide to Historical Records , (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1990).

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 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.

Collection catalogued by Amanda Jackson, Archives Assistant (Hub), 16 December 1999. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 8 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Natalie Milne, Archives Assistant (Hub), 19 December 2001.