Records of William B Reid & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England

Scope and Content

The collection consists of corporate records and promotional material relating to William B Reid & Co Ltd . Includes:  

  • Financial records, 1953-1957;
  • Promotional material, 1957.

Administrative / Biographical History

WB Reid & Co Ltd was registered on 11 May 1891 and acquired the businesses of  WB Reid & Co, of Leazes Brewery (founded  1837 ) of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and  Reid Brothers & Co, wine and spirit merchants of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, as well as the agency of  William Younger & Co Ltd of Edinburgh, Scotland, for Northumberland and the Northern Division of Durham. The company owned a chain of public houses in the North of England, in its own name and in those of its subsidiaries  John Reid & Sons Ltd (acquired in 1944) and  J K Boucher Ltd (acquired in 1948). The company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of  William Younger & Co Ltd in the 1950s, and in  1959  its assets and liabilities were transferred to  Scottish Brewers Ltd in 1959, when  W B Reid & Co Ltd ceased trading.


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.

Material under 30 years old is closed to access. It is advised that you should contact the archivist before visiting.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Scottish & Newcastle, March-June 1999.

Other Finding Aids

Digital file list available in searchroom.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

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

Custodial History

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


None expected.

Related Material

No related material.


No known publications using this material.

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.