Welcome to our website, which I have set up to encourage further research, archiving and accessibility to the history of the H&G Simonds Ltd Brewery of Reading, its business at home and abroad, its estate, beers, memorabilia and of all the people associated with them throughout the nearly 200 years of its existence.

I have also included a little about the ‘J&C Simonds Bank’ that was founded in Reading by Charles Simonds and others in 1791 and was sold to Barclays in 1913.

This is and will remain my hobby and as such will also remain very much ‘work in progress’ with consequential inconsistencies and even errors! So – if you have any constructive comments, relevant historical information, images or documents to share, it would be great to hear from you through the ‘Contact’ button.



History of Reading Society

I am delighted to have been invited to speak at their Annual Meeting at 7.15pm  on April 18th, at the Abbey Baptist Church, Abbey Square, Reading. I will be speaking about ‘The Simonds Family of Reading’ with a focus on the ‘Adventurers and Entrepreneurs’ who helped to set up and lead H&G Simonds Ltd as well as other businesses.  Please ‘contact me’ to let me know you are coming.

Simonds Family Reunion

What A Wonderful Family Reunion!  It seems that a great time was had by all our guests. We have a huge selection of images & videos for you to enjoy and share.  Click HERE for more.

Major new archive added!

We have just loaded a huge new collection of images, generously made available from the H&G Simonds archives by Heineken UK Ltd. There are 250 images of ‘Brewery People’ and many more images of pubs, hotels and even the Coopers in action! There are also some fabulous and unique images of Reading dated about 1899, now on the ‘timeline’. ENJOY!



And thanks for the many and varied contributions through 2017