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<big>''' Bass, Ratcliff & Gretton Ltd, ''' '' 137 High Street , Burton-on-Trent , Staffordshire .''</big>
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[[File:Trade Mark No 1 Bass.jpg|thumb|The registration of Trade Mark No 1 following the introduction of legislation]]
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[[File:bass-pale-ale.jpg|thumb|Pale Ale Label]]
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[[File:Bass M&B 1966 letterhead.jpg|thumb|Bass M&B letterhead 1966]]
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[[File: Bass Burton-2.jpg|thumb|Bass letterheads]]
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[[image:Bass Burton Barrel stack.jpg|thumb|Burton Barrel stack]]
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[[image:Bass Burton Unions.jpg|thumb|Burton Unions]]
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[[image:Bass Burton Steam engine.jpg|thumb|Burton steam engine]]
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[[image:Bass Sentinel 1916.jpg|thumb|A 1916 Sentinel]]
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[[File:HinckleyMuseum_BassArtefacts3.jpg|thumb|Bass artefacts]]
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[[File:HinckleyThreePots_BassAles.jpg|thumb|The old Three Pots Inn on the A5 at Hinckley]]
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[[File:HinckleyCastleTavern_BassLantern.jpg|thumb|Bass lantern from the former Castle Tavern in Hinckley]]
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[[File:NewportKingsArmsBass_SP_Sep2010.jpg|thumb|Kings Arms, Newport Mon, 2010]]
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[[File:HanleyGoldenCup56_SP_July2008.jpg|thumb|Golden Cup Hanley "Bass Only" 2008]]
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[[File:HanleyGoldenCup58_SP_July2008.jpg|thumb|Golden Cup Hanley "Bass Only" 2008]]
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[[File:GeneralHavelock_BassLetter1962.jpg|thumb|Letter 1962]]
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[[File:LondonNW3SirRichardSteele97_SP_June13.jpg|thumb|Bass lantern at the Sir Richard Steele, London NW3]]
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[[File:BassInBottle53.jpg|thumb|Bass In Bottle]]
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[[File:Bass Blue Triangle 16,9,1977.jpg|thumb|Courtesy Roy Denison]]
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<big>'''Bass, Ratcliff & Gretton Ltd''', ''137 High Street, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire''</big>
  
Founded 1777 by William Bass.  
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The Bass family were from Hinckley in Leicestershire, where they brewed beer and operated a carrier's business. William Bass (1717–1787) moved to Burton and founded his brewery there in 1777. When William died, his sons Michael Thomas Bass (1760-1827) and William Bass inherited the business. Michael Thomas took sole control of the business in 1795, and in 1796 he entered into partnership with John Ratcliff. At Michael Thomas's death, his son, a second [[Michael Thomas Bass (1799-1884)]] took control of the company. This Michael Thomas Bass was MP for Derby from 1848 to 1883. John Gretton became a partner in the company in 1835.
  
Second (Middle) brewery opened on the north side of Station Street in 1853 and third (New) brewery on the south side of Station Street 1864. Old brewery rebuilt 1884-1885.  
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The second (Middle) brewery opened on the north side of Station Street in 1853 and third (New) brewery on the south side of Station Street 1864. The Old Brewery was rebuilt 1876, but most of this brewery was demolished in 1971; the water tower (1866) and offices (1886) survive on the east side of High Street.
  
Registered 1880 and was reconstructed 13th January 1888. Merged with [[Worthington & Co. Ltd]]. January 1927. Merged with [[Mitchells & Butlers Ltd]]. 1961 to form Bass, Mitchells & Butlers Ltd.  
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Registered 1880 and was reconstructed 13th January 1888.
  
Merged with [[Charrington United Breweries]] in 1967 to become Bass Charrington Ltd. Brewery demolished in 1971, water tower and offices remain.  
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* [[Phillips & Marriott Ltd]] of Coventry were acquired in 1924 and closed.  
  
Bought by Interbrew in 2000 and sold to Coors in 2002. Site of Middle brewery still used for brewing in much altered form: the new brewery site retains more of its original buildings.
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* Merged with [[Worthington & Co. Ltd]] in January 1927. In the same year they also took over Thomas [[Salt & Co. Ltd]] of High Street, Burton-upon-Trent, and closed that brewery.
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* [[James Eadie Ltd]] of Cross Street, Burton-upon-Trent, was taken over in 1933 and closed.
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Merged with [[Mitchells & Butlers Ltd]]. 1961 to form [[Bass, Mitchells & Butlers Ltd]], which then merged with [[Charrington United Breweries Ltd]] in 1967 to become '''Bass Charrington Ltd'''.
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No 1 brewery opened 1968 and the Old or No 3 brewery demolished in 1971.
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Bought by Interbrew in 2000 and sold to Molson-Coors in 2002. Site of Middle brewery still used for brewing in much altered form: the New Brewery site retains more of its original buildings.
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References:
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The Capital of Ale by Keith Osborne (2008).
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*'''[[List of Bass, Ratcliff & Gretton Ltd pubs]]'''
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*'''[[The Bass Rifle Volunteers]]'''
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*'''[[Bass Maltings, Sleaford]]'''
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*'''[[Michael Thomas Bass (1799-1884)]]'''
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*'''[[Bass Boundary Plates, Burton-upon-Trent]]'''
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'''The brewery features in The Noted Breweries of Great Britain and Ireland by Alfred Barnard published 1890.'''
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<gallery>
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File:Bass & Co Burton (1).jpg
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File:Bass & Co Burton (45).jpg
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</gallery>
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'''An assortment of images of the brewery:'''
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<gallery>
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File:Bass Middle Yard zc.jpg|The Middle Yard
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File:Bass middle or white yard zn.jpg|The Middle or White Yard
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File:Bass New or Blue Brewery zc.jpg|The New or Blue Yard
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File:Bass New Brewery Burton Station St.jpg|New Brewery, Station Street, Burton
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File:Bass Offices & Old Brewery Burton High St.jpg|Offices & Old Brewery, High Street, Burton
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Bass Burton Bass distant view.jpg
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Bass water tower.jpg
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Bass No1.jpg
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Bass Middle 2.jpg
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Bass House etc F854.jpg
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Bass House etc F854 cc.jpg
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Bass House etc F854 aa.jpg
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Bass FVs.jpg
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Bass engine 1950s.jpg |An engine from the 1950s
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Bass Burton Bass dray.jpg
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Bass198507a_SP.jpg|1985
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BassFromMarstons_SP_May90.jpg|1990
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StaffsBurtonCoors_SP_Mar2011.jpg|2011
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StaffsBurtonBassMiddleBry31_SP_Mar2011.jpg|Railings around the Middle Brewery feature Bass 'triangles': 2011
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StaffsBurtonBassMiddleBry33_SP_Mar2011.jpg|Railings around the Middle Brewery feature Bass 'triangles': 2011
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StaffsBurtonBassPumpingStation21_SP_Mar2011.jpg|Bass Pumping Station, Shobnall Road, March 2011
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StaffsBurtonBassPumpingStation22_SP_Mar2011.jpg|Bass Pumping Station, Shobnall Road, March 2011
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BurtonBassPumpingStation52a_SP_Nov17.jpg|Bass Pumping Station, Shobnall Road: Nov 2017
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BurtonBassPumpingStation53a_SP_Nov17.jpg|Bass Pumping Station, Shobnall Road: Nov 2017
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StaffsBurtonBassOfficesHighStreet4_SP_Nov09.jpg|A Bass 'triangle' over the doorway of the former Bass offices on the High Street, 2009
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StaffsBurtonBassOfficesHighStreet5_SP_Nov09.jpg|A Civic Society blue plaque at the former High Street offices, 2009
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File:Burton-on-Trent former Bass brewery 18 August 2010.jpg|The brewery in 2010. Courtesy Roy Denison
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File:Bass repro jug RD zx.JPG |A reproduction jug. Courtesy Roy Denison
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</gallery>
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'''The brewery in the 1960s:'''
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<gallery>
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Bass Bot 1960s (4).jpg
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Bass Bot 1960s (3).jpg
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Bass Bot 1960s (2).jpg
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Bass Bot 1960s (1).jpg
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</gallery>
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'''The New Brewery, demolition 1987:'''
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<gallery>
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Bass Burton demolition 1987 (5).jpg
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Bass Burton demolition 1987 (4).jpg
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Bass Burton demolition 1987 (3).jpg
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Bass Burton demolition 1987 (2).jpg
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Bass Burton demolition 1987 (1).jpg
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Bass New Bwy demolition.jpg
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Bass New Bwy demolition bb.jpg
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</gallery>
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'''The Bass Museum:'''
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<gallery>
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Bass Burton Museum.jpg
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Bass Museum.jpg
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Bass Engineer Museum.jpg
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Bass Engineer Museum aa.jpg
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BassMuseum198507a_SP.jpg|1985
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BassMuseum198507b_SP.jpg|1985
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BassMuseum198507c_SP.jpg|1985
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BassMuseum198507d_SP.jpg|1985
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</gallery>
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'''The Crown & Anchor Yard off Castle Street in Hinckley, where the Bass family were brewing in the 18th century:'''
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<gallery>
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HinckleyCrown&AnchorYard1a_SP_May17.jpg
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HinckleyCrown&AnchorYard2a_SP_May17.jpg
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</gallery>
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'''A plaque commemorating the birth of William Bass is displayed at 67 Castle Street, Hinckley:'''
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<gallery>
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LeicsHinckleyWmBassPlaque03_SP_Sep17.jpg
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</gallery>
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{{Trade Mark 5 |regno = 1, 2, 3 & 914|desc = A red triangle and diamond|date = 01/01//1876|seventy=Triangle from 1855. Diamond from 1857
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|regno2 = 21,701|desc2=Facsimile signature|date2=24/12/1879|seventy2=37 years
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|regno3 = 21,702|desc3=Facsimile signature|date3=24/12/1879|seventy3=37 years
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|regno4 = 383,601|desc4=Mild Ale Label|date4=31/05/1918|seventy4=NO
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|regno5 = 492,366|desc5=Salt & Co Label|date5=14/06/1928|seventy5=NO}}
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[[category:Staffordshire]]

Latest revision as of 22:09, 20 May 2020

The registration of Trade Mark No 1 following the introduction of legislation
Pale Ale Label
Bass M&B letterhead 1966
Bass letterheads
Burton Barrel stack
Burton Unions
Burton steam engine
A 1916 Sentinel
Bass artefacts
The old Three Pots Inn on the A5 at Hinckley
Bass lantern from the former Castle Tavern in Hinckley
Kings Arms, Newport Mon, 2010
Golden Cup Hanley "Bass Only" 2008
Golden Cup Hanley "Bass Only" 2008
Letter 1962
Bass lantern at the Sir Richard Steele, London NW3
Bass In Bottle
Courtesy Roy Denison

Bass, Ratcliff & Gretton Ltd, 137 High Street, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire

The Bass family were from Hinckley in Leicestershire, where they brewed beer and operated a carrier's business. William Bass (1717–1787) moved to Burton and founded his brewery there in 1777. When William died, his sons Michael Thomas Bass (1760-1827) and William Bass inherited the business. Michael Thomas took sole control of the business in 1795, and in 1796 he entered into partnership with John Ratcliff. At Michael Thomas's death, his son, a second Michael Thomas Bass (1799-1884) took control of the company. This Michael Thomas Bass was MP for Derby from 1848 to 1883. John Gretton became a partner in the company in 1835.

The second (Middle) brewery opened on the north side of Station Street in 1853 and third (New) brewery on the south side of Station Street 1864. The Old Brewery was rebuilt 1876, but most of this brewery was demolished in 1971; the water tower (1866) and offices (1886) survive on the east side of High Street.

Registered 1880 and was reconstructed 13th January 1888.

  • James Eadie Ltd of Cross Street, Burton-upon-Trent, was taken over in 1933 and closed.

Merged with Mitchells & Butlers Ltd. 1961 to form Bass, Mitchells & Butlers Ltd, which then merged with Charrington United Breweries Ltd in 1967 to become Bass Charrington Ltd.

No 1 brewery opened 1968 and the Old or No 3 brewery demolished in 1971.

Bought by Interbrew in 2000 and sold to Molson-Coors in 2002. Site of Middle brewery still used for brewing in much altered form: the New Brewery site retains more of its original buildings.

References: The Capital of Ale by Keith Osborne (2008).



The brewery features in The Noted Breweries of Great Britain and Ireland by Alfred Barnard published 1890.


An assortment of images of the brewery:


The brewery in the 1960s:


The New Brewery, demolition 1987:


The Bass Museum:


The Crown & Anchor Yard off Castle Street in Hinckley, where the Bass family were brewing in the 18th century:


A plaque commemorating the birth of William Bass is displayed at 67 Castle Street, Hinckley:


Entry in the Trade Mark Registry

Registration No : 1, 2, 3 & 914
Description : A red triangle and diamond
Date of Application : 01/01//1876
Used Prior to 1870? : Triangle from 1855. Diamond from 1857

Registration No : 21,701
Description : Facsimile signature
Date of Application : 24/12/1879
Used Prior to 1870? : 37 years

Registration No : 21,702
Description : Facsimile signature
Date of Application : 24/12/1879
Used Prior to 1870? : 37 years

Registration No : 383,601
Description : Mild Ale Label
Date of Application : 31/05/1918
Used Prior to 1870? : NO

Registration No : 492,366
Description : Salt & Co Label
Date of Application : 14/06/1928
Used Prior to 1870? : NO