Watney, Combe, Reid & Co. Ltd

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From Noted Breweries by Alfred Barnard 1890
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Their Trade Mark Directory registration

Watney, Combe, Reid & Co. Ltd, Stag Brewery, Pimlico, London SW1

Founded by William Greene 1641. Came under the control of James Watney 1858. Registered 1885 as Watney & Co. Ltd. In 1889, they acquired the Mortlake brewery of Phillips, More & Co. Ltd.

Registered as Watney, Combe, Reid & Co. Ltd in June 1898 to amalgamate Watney & Co. Ltd; Combe & Co. Ltd, Woodyard Brewery; and Reid's Brewery Co. Ltd, Griffin Brewery.

They merged with Mann, Crossman & Paulin Ltd in 1958 to form Watney Mann Ltd. The Pimlico Brewery was closed on 23rd April 1959 and brewing was concentrated at Mann's Albion Brewery and Watney's Brewery at Mortlake; the latter was renamed 'Stag Brewery' at this time. Acquired by Grand Metropolitan Hotels Ltd in 1972 and was merged with Truman, Hanbury & Buxton & Co. Ltd in 1974.

The Hind Statue once in the front of the offices is now located in Lockmeadow shopping mall, Maidstone.

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

An assortment of images of the brewery


The company was marketed as Watney-Truman for a few years.

Miscellaneous Images

Entry in the Trade Mark Registry

Registration No  : 27,262
Description  : Stag & Mountains
Date of Application  : 16/12/1881
Used Prior to 1875?  : 80 years

Registration No  : 479,394
Description  : Advert for "BROWNIE”
Date of Application  : 01/04/1927
Used Prior to 1875?  : NO

Registration No  : 496,257/8/9
Description  : Words "WATNEY”/ "COMBES”/ "REIDS”
Date of Application  : 23/10/1928
Used Prior to 1875?  : NO

Registration No  : 496,585
Description  : Cremorne Gates
Date of Application  : 01/11/1928
Used Prior to 1875?  : NO

Registration No  : 542,562
Description  : Label
Date of Application  : 26/06/1933
Used Prior to 1875?  : NO