Benskins Ltd

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Messrs. Benskins Ltd., New (Cannon) Brewery, Watford, Herts. Brewers’ Journal 15th May 1901
From 1951
From 1957
Benskins E Mids.jpg
1980
Rainwater head at the Berkeley Arms, Cranford (architect E B Musman, 1931)

Benskin's Watford Brewery Ltd, Cannon Brewery, 194 High Street, Watford, Hertfordshire

Founded by 1722 by John Pope at New Street.

Moved by his great-grandson, John Dyson to 194 High Street about 1820. Bought by Joseph Benskin 1867 with 42 public houses for £34,000. Registered July 1894.

Acquired by Ind Coope Ltd. 1957 and brewing ceased 1972 with 636 tied houses.

The brewery buildings were demolished 1978 but the offices were converted into the Watford Museum.


Several articles have been published about Benskins in the BHS Journal, as follows:

  • Journal 051 (November 1987): Benskins of Watford - Heritage engine returns home (Martyn Cornell)

The following articles were published in Journal 110 (Winter 2002):



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


An assortment of images of the brewery

Entry in the Trade Mark Registry

Registration No  : 61,051

Description  : TM for yeast
Date of Application  : 17/1/1887

Used Prior to 1870?  : NO