Mann, Crossman & Paulin Ltd

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Messrs. Mann, Crossman & Paulin Ltd., additions to Albion brewery, Mile End, London E1. Brewers' Journal 15th October 1902
Messrs. Mann, Crossman & Paulin Ltd., additional fermenting house, Albion Brewery, Mile End E1. Brewers' journal 15th October 1903
Messrs. Mann, Crossman & Paulin Ltd., New Stores etc., Croydon, Surrey. Brewers’ Journal 15th October 1904
1898 advert
A day out from a Mann's pub in Bromley-By-Bow
Letterhead 1923
Letterhead 1951

Mann, Crossman & Paulin Ltd, Albion Brewery, Whitechapel Road, London E1

The Albion Brewery was built in 1808. Became Blake & Mann in June 1819 and James Mann was in control in 1826. Crossman and Paulin became partners in 1846. Registered October 1901.

Merged with Watney, Combe, Reid & Co. Ltd in 1958 to form Watney Mann Ltd. The Albion Brewery closed in 1979. Parts remain standing.

Even after the closure of Mann's brewery, the company became a trading division of the Watney-Mann group, and the company's 'George & Dragon' trade mark became a common feature on pub signs in Britain, even in areas many miles removed from the original trading area.

Takeover and closure trail:

  • Brandon's Brewery Ltd of Putney were acquired in 1920 with 76 public houses. Ceased brewing 1949 but remained open as bottling store for some time.
  • In 1929, they acquired Henry Luker & Co. Ltd, Middleton Brewery, Southend-on-Sea with 43 public houses for £285,000.
  • Benjamin Bennett's Dunstable brewery was acquired in 1938 with 59 tied houses. Brewery demolished 1971.

Mann, Crossman & Paulin Ltd, Albion Brewery, Shobnall Road, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

See Mann, Crossman & Paulin (Burton)

The Burton brewery was built 1875 by Mann, Crossman & Paulin and used by them until 1896. Sold to Marston, Thompson & Evershed Ltd in 1902.

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

Various images of the brewery

An assortment of images of the Mile End Brewery taken during a BHS Urban Walk in 2009. Courtesy Steve Peck.

Entry in the Trade Mark Registry

Registration No  : 7,697

Description  : George & Dragon
Date of Application  : 30/6/1876
Used Prior to 1870?  : 10 years

Registration No  : 201,707
Description  : King of Hearts card in a shield
Date of Application  : 27/01/1897

Used Prior to 1870?  : NO