Courage & Co. Ltd

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Courage Glass Sign. Photo: Jorgen Langkilde Larsen, Aarhus, Denmark

Courage & Co. Ltd, Anchor Brewery, Horselydown, Bermondsey SE1, Southwark, Greater London.

Acquired by John Courage in 1787. Registered April 1888.

Merged with Barclay, Perkins & Co. Ltd. 1955 to form Courage & Barclay Ltd. with c.1,250 houses.

Merged with H & G Simonds Ltd in 1960 to form Courage, Barclay & Simonds Ltd.

Name changed to Courage (Eastern) Ltd. October 1970.

Acquired by the Imperial Tobacco Group Ltd. August 1972. Anchor Brewery closed 1981 and brewing was transferred to Worton Grange, Reading. The Imperial Group was acquired by the Hanson Trust in 1986 who sold Courage as a separate concern to Elders IXL. Courage took over all of the Grand Metropolitan breweries in exchange for the Courage public houses which were run by a jointly owned company, Inntrepreneur Estates. Courage were sold to Scottish & Newcastle to become Scottish Courage.

Brewhouse now riverside residential apartments.

List of Courage & Co Ltd pubs

An assortment of images of the brewery

An assortment of images of the brewery

The brewery in 2010. Courtesy Steve Peck.