Biden & Co. Ltd
Biden & Co. Ltd, Seahorse Brewery, Seahorse Street, Gosport, Hampshire.
Founded 1800 and brewery built in 1822 and acquired by James Biden in 1825. Registered July 1896.
Acquired by Portsmouth United Breweries Ltd. 1918.
Brewer's house still standing.
Patrick Miller writes:-
The brewery in Seahorse Street was built in 1800. It was acquired by James Biden in 1846. The Company was registered in 1896 and owned a few tied houses in Gosport and some in near by Portsmouth. In 1906, Bidens bought a controlling interest in the Havant Brewing Company.
In 1918 the brewery was purchased for the sum of £115,000 by Sir William Dupree of the Portsmouth United Breweries, Portsmouth. For a while the brewery became a small dairy, then it was used as a store. It was demolished around 1972, along with the Seahorse Pub, which adjoined the brewery. Brickwoods were the last owners of the Seahorse, a pub which dated from the 17th Century. The only building to remain in Seahorse Street, belonging to Bidens is the Master Brewer's house, which has a preservation order on it.
The Author wishes to thank Nicholas Redman, Whitbread Archivist, Ken Thomas, Courage Archivist and Nicholas Faulkner, Freelance Historian, for their assistance with this article.