Simonds Ltd

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H & G Simonds Ltd., Reading. New Maltings. Brewers’ Journal 15th September 1899
The Simonds' information board in Reading Town Centre
Crown Cap Opener. Courtesy Rodney Jones
Simonds advert zb.jpg

H & G Simonds Ltd, Bridge Street, Reading, Berkshire.

Founded in 1768. Registered in November 1885.

Acquired by Courage & Co. Ltd in 1960 to form Courage, Barclay & Simonds Ltd. The Reading brewery became known as Courage (Central) Ltd.

Brewing ceased here in 1979 when the Courage (Worton Grange) brewery opened.

The Bridge Street brewery was demolished in 1983 and the site has been redeveloped as the Oracle shopping centre.


  • Link to the Simonds Family web site created by Raymond Simonds [1]



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


Images of the brewery


Trucks, buses and trolleybuses


Beers from the brewery

Entry in the Trade Mark Registry

Registration No  : 5,907

Description  : Hop Leaf
Date of Application  : 23/5/1876
Used Prior to 1870?  : 6 years

Registration No  : 444,058
Description  : Cocktail label
Date of Application  : 01/01/1924
Used Prior to 1870?  : NO

Registration No  : 484,447
Description  : Leaf
Date of Application  : 29/09/1927
Used Prior to 1870?  : NO

Registration No  : 519,087
Description  : Hop Leaf
Date of Application  : 31/12/1930
Used Prior to 1870?  : NO

Registration No  : 538,673
Description  : Words "SIMONDS" with large O containing Hop Leaf
Date of Application  : 30/01/1933
Used Prior to 1870?  : NO

Registration No  : 538,985
Description  : Words "FORTIOR" for ales
Date of Application  : 10/02/1933

Used Prior to 1870?  : NO