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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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.


Chronology of Eldridge Pope & Co. Ltd


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


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

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