Higson's Brewery Ltd

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The trade mark in 1951.
A sample of the many adverts used by the company
The brewery when owned by Cain's
Higsons drays Liverpool.jpg

Higson's Brewery Ltd, Mersey Brewery, Stanhope Street, Toxteth, Liverpool, Merseyside.

Founded by William Harvey at Dale Street 1780, then 1788 at 56 Cheapside. In 1796 Fairclough, Harvey & Co, 60 Cheapside, Dale Street. The Harveys were succeeded in 1845 by Thomas Howard who died in 1865 leaving the Cheapside Brewery to his cashier, Daniel Higson.

Registered 1888 as Daniel Higson Ltd. Moved to the Windsor Brewery Upper Parliament Street 1914, renaming it the Cheapside.

Acquired the Toxteth brewery of Robert Cain & Sons Ltd in 1923. Re-registered as above January 1937.

New brewhouse in 1983 capable of brewing lager; Higsons were then acquired with 160 tied houses by Boddington's Breweries Ltd in June 1985, and thereby ownership passed to Whitbread in 1989. Brewing ceased at Toxteth in 1990. Under the ownership of Whitbread, the production was switched to Castle Eden.

In 1990 an MBO was formed as GB Breweries, and from then there were several different owners: see Robert Cain Brewery.


The Higson's name has been revived twice:

See also:

Images of the brewery.

The following images were taken on a BHS Visit in 1990

Higsons' offices at 127 Dale Street in 2008. Courtesy Steve Peck

From the Liverpool Echo

Labels etc

Entry in the Trade Mark Registry

Registration No  : 476,456
Description  : Words "TROJAN" for fermented liquors & spirits
Date of Application  : 06/01/1927
Used Prior to 1875?  : NO

Registration No  : 477,196
Description  : Words "TROJAN" & picture of a Trojan
Date of Application  : 27/01/1927
Used Prior to 1875?  : NO