Higson's Brewery Ltd

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The trade mark in 1951.
A sample of the many adverts used by the company
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Higson's Brewery Ltd, Mersey Brewery, Stanhope Street, Toxteth, Liverpool, Merseyside.

Founded by William Harvey at Dale Street in 1780 and moved to Cheapside 1854. Harvey was succeeded by Thomas Howard who died in 1865 leaving the Cheapside Brewery to his cashier, Daniel Higson. Moved to Upper Parliament Street 1912 before acquiring Robert Cain & Sons Ltd's former brewery in 1923 after Cains' merger with Walkers of Warrington. Registered 1888 as Daniel Higson Ltd. and was re-registered as above January 1937.

  • Joseph Jones & Co. Ltd, Knotty Ash Brewery was acquired in 1927 with 68 licensed houses. Brewing ceased there in 1928.

Acquired by Boddington's Breweries Ltd in June 1985 with 160 tied houses.

Brewing ceased here in 1990, and production of Higson's beers was moved to Manchester. Under the ownership of Whitbread, brewing of the Higson brands was switched to Castle Eden before production of the brands ceased in 1999. A new company was formed in 2005 to brew a recreation of the original beer.

The brewery was sold in 1990 to become the later Cains brewery. See Robert Cain Brewery.

The Higson's name has been revived twice:


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

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 1870?  : NO

Registration No  : 477,196
Description  : Words "TROJAN" & picture of a Trojan
Date of Application  : 27/01/1927

Used Prior to 1870?  : NO