Courage & Co. Ltd - Acquisition and Closure Trail

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Courage & Co. Ltd - Acquisition and Closure Trail

  • They acquired the Alton Brewery Co in February 1903 with 77 tied houses. Courage required the brewery for the production of pale ale.
  • They acquired the Camden Brewery Co. Ltd in 1923 with 78 tied houses. Brewing ceased here in 1925.
  • Farnham United Breweries Ltd were acquired in 1927 with 196 public houses. Brewing ceased 1928 but malting continued until 1956.
  • In 1930, they acquired Noakes & Co. Ltd with 120 tied houses and closed their Windsor brewery the following year; the site was used by Courage as a depot until 1952.
  • They acquired C N Kidd & Son Ltd's Steam Brewery, Dartford in 1937 with 65 houses and brewing ceased. The brewery was demolished in 1939.
  • Hodgsons' Kingston Brewery Co. Ltd were acquired in 1943 and brewing ceased September 1949 but bottling continued until 1965. The Kingston Brewery was demolished in October 1971.
  • Merged with Barclay, Perkins & Co. Ltd in 1955 to form Courage & Barclay Ltd. with about 1,250 houses.
  • Merged with H & G Simonds Ltd in 1960 to form Courage, Barclay & Simonds Ltd. The Bridge Street brewery (Reading) was demolished in 1983.
  • In 1961, they acquired Bristol Brewery Georges & Co. Ltd with 1,459 tied houses. The Bristol brewery was closed in 1999.
  • In 1962, they acquired Harman's Uxbridge Brewery Ltd with 83 tied house and 5 off-licences. Brewing ceased here in March 1964.
  • Hole & Co. Ltd, Castle Brewery, Newark, was taken over in 1967 with 220 houses. Brewing ceased here in 1983.
  • They acquired John Smith's Tadcaster Brewery Co. Ltd in 1970 with about 1800 houses.
  • They acquired Plymouth Breweries Ltd in December 1970 but closed this brewery in 1983.