Berwick Breweries Ltd

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Berwick Breweries Ltd, Silver Street Brewery, Berwick and Tweedmouth Brewery Bank, Tweedmouth, Berwick on Tweed, Northumberland.

Registered July 1899 as the Border Brewery Ltd.

Name changed 1924 when they were acquired by Johnson & Darling Ltd. 78 public houses.

Acquired by Associated Breweries Ltd in 1937 and brewing ceased c.1945.


First established in the 17th Century or earlier.

In its heyday at the turn of the century, the Border Brewery was famous for its fine ales, producing over 400 barrels per week. During the whole of its existence it formed a major feature of the town of Berwick Upon Tweed. The history of the company may, in fact, be considered an important part of the history of Berwick itself during that period (apparently the name Berwick is derived from Barley Town).

In the mid 1840s the manager was one Robert Crossman. By March 1846 he had been approached by James Mann junior, of the Albion Brewery, London, with a view to joining him in a partnership. This offer was the founding of the firm that became Mann, Crossman & Paulin Ltd. The business, however, developed at its most rapid rate when a Mr Henning assumed the practical management in 1887. Changing to a private limited company at the same time.

The brewery and mineral water factory were situated together across the River Tweed near the dock at Tweedmouth. The Silver Street Brewery at 14 Silver Street and the Tweed Brewery in Brewery Lane. Both had the great advantage of the unrivalled water supply which was abundant and always of the purest quality. This supply from St Cuthbert's Well still exists today in one of the original brewery buildings.

A very extensive trade was carried out with whiskies, wines, ales and stout being sent to London, Manchester, Glasgow and other distant centres. This trade culminating in July 1899 with the Border Brewery becoming a limited company.

In 1924 Border merged with near neighbours, Johnson & Darling Ltd (the Peter Darling currently brewing at the Longstone Brewery, Belford, is a descendant of these Darlings), to form Berwick Breweries Ltd.

However, the new company was somewhat short lived. In 1937 it was taken over by Vaux with the almost immediate cessation of brewing being the familiar result. The company survived as a bottling plant until final closure in the 1950s.

Today, most of the original buildings still exist, and brewing, albeit on a much smaller scale, has returned as the Border Brewery Co.

Author's note:-

In the graveyard near to the Angel Inn is a tombstone splendidly inscribed "Lancelot Matheson, died 1801, aged 65 years, brewer, Tweedmouth Brewery"

An assortment of views of the brewery.