Records of Newcastle Breweries Ltd, brewers, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England

Scope and Content

  • Sales records, 1912–1960;
  • Promotional material, 1979–1986;
  • Public relations, 1977–1993;
  • Photographs, 1990–1992.

Administrative / Biographical History

Newcastle Breweries Ltd was registered in February 1890  as a limited liability company to acquire the businesses of J Barras & Co Ltd , Tyne Brewery, Newcastle–upon–Tyne, England ; William Henry Allison & Co , High Brewery, North Shields, England (closed 1925  ); James, John & William Henry Allison , Monkwearmouth Brewery, Sunderland, England ; Swinburne & Co , Gateshead, England ; and Carr Brothers & Carr , Low Lights, North Shields, England , and 215 licensed houses, at a purchase price of GBP 606,296. During 1896  the company acquired, by lease from Northern Breweries Corporation Ltd , freehold licensed houses formerly owned by James Routledge . It also took over John Sanderson & Sons , Haymarket Brewery, Newcastle–upon–Tyne , in 1898  ; Fosters' Bishop Middleham Brewery Ltd , Bishop Middleham, Durham, England , in 1910  ; Addison, Potter & Son , The Maltings, Newcastle–upon–Tyne , in 1918  ; Matthew Wood & Son Ltd , Market Place Brewery, South Shields, England , in 1919  ; Northern Corporation Ltd in 1955  ; Steel, Coulson & Co Ltd's , Duddingston Brewery, Craigmillar, Edinburgh, Scotland , in 1954  (closed 1961  ); James Deuchar Ltd , Lochside Brewery, Montrose, Scotland , in 1956  ; and John Rowell & Son Ltd , New Brewery, Gateshead, England , in 1959  . The Company merged in 1960  with Scottish Brewers Ltd , Abbey Brewery, Edinburgh , to form Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd . Brewing continues at the Tyne Brewery. Newcastle Breweries Ltd was still in existence as a dormant company in 2002  .


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

Access Information

Academic and personal research only, subject to the Data Protection Act 1998.

Acquisition Information

Deposited principally by marketing department staff of Scottish & Newcastle plc and Scottish Courage Ltd.

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 material was previously housed at Scottish & Newcastle plc and Scottish Courage Ltd. 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 0248 JD: Records of James Deuchar Ltd; GB 0248 SB: Records of Scottish Brewers Ltd; GB 0248 SNB: Records of Scottish & Newcastle Breweries; GB 0248 SC: Records of Steel, Coulson & Co Ltd; GB 0183 1463: Records of Newcastle Breweries Ltd (Tyne and Wear Archives Service); GB 0049 DDL: Records of Newcastle Breweries Ltd (Hull City Archives); GB 0155 NRO 2133 1/4, 3/3: Records of Newcastle Breweries Ltd (Northumberland Record Office); GB 0183 1463: Records of John Barras & Co Ltd (Tyne and Wear Archives Service); GB 0183 1463: Records of Northern Breweries Corporation Ltd (Tyne and Wear Archives Service); GB 0183: Records of Fosters Bishop Middleham Brewery Ltd (Tyne and Wear Archives Service); GB 0183: Records of Matthew Wood & Son Ltd (Tyne and Wear Archives Service); GB 0183 DS/RWL: Records of John Rowell & Son Ltd (Tyne and Wear Archives Service).

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).

Ritchie, Berry, Good Company. The Story of Scottish & Newcastle , (London: James & James, 1999); Bennison, Brian and Merrington, James P, The Centenary History of the Newcastle Breweries Ltd , 1890–1990, (c1990).

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 Natalie Milne, Archives Assistant (Hub), 7 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 21 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 18 April 2002.