Eldridge, Pope & Co. Ltd

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The brewery
The brewery
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The remains of Eldridge, Pope's original brewery in Ackland Road.
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At Dorchester South Station: WRB 2007
At Dorchester South Station: AH 2014
Courtesy Roy Denison

Eldridge, Pope & Co Ltd, Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset.

Founded in 1837 when Charles Eldridge leased the Green Dragon Brewery in Dorchester. The Eldridge family also operated the Pale Ale Brewery in Dorchester from 1854.

The new Dorchester Brewery opened in 1880, and the two earlier breweries were closed. Registered May 1897 with 74 public houses.

The pub estate was separated from brewing in 1996 and management buy-out followed by merger in 1997. This merged 1998 with Burtonwood Brewery Co.(Forshaws) Ltd in 1998. Trading as Thomas Hardy Burtonwood. Pub estate sold to Michael Cannon in 2004, who then sold it to Marstons in 2006.

The brewery closed in 2003 but is still standing in use residentially.

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

At one point both Joshua Tetley & Son Ltd and Eldridge, Pope "shared" a common Trade Mark

The redevelopment of the brewery in 1923. Courtesy Alex Mettler

The gentlemen in the photograph is Alfred Richards, brewer, the grandson of John Richards who founded the Brook Street Brewery in Tavistock in 1851, see Johnstone & Johnstone. After a short, early dabble as a bank clerk in Kingsbridge in 1891 Alfred John Richards was a brewery worker in Stratford-on-Avon in 1901, possibly with Flower & Sons Ltd which was training brewery workers around this period, followed by a career with Eldridge Pope. Alfred died in Alverstoke Registration District (Gosport area) in January 1954.

An assortment of views of the brewery

The brewery in 1990

The following images were taken on a BHS Visit in 2002. Courtesy Jeff Sechiari

Beer mats and labels

Entry in the Trade Mark Registry

Registration No : 25,219
Description : Monogram "EP" on shield & facsimile signature
Date of Application : 17/11/1880
Used Prior to 1870? : 6 years

Registration No : 525,860
Description : Dorset Brown Ale Label
Date of Application : 22/09/1931
Used Prior to 1870? : NO