Welcome!

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 perhaps even errors! So – if you have any constructive comments, relevant historical information, images or documents to share that might be loaded here, it would be great to hear from you through the ‘Contact’ button please.

 

Hop Leaf Gazettes – Library released!

120 issues of the Brewery in-house magazine, ‘The Hop Leaf Gazette’ have been loaded as flipbooks to ‘bookshelves’ under the ‘Marketing’ tab.  There are many more that I do not have, so I would be very interested to hear from anyone who can help us to ‘fill in the gaps’ so that we can build up a more complete resource here.

A Celebration of Beer

BBC Radio Berkshire is celebrating Reading’s brewing heritage, as part of Reading Year of Culture 2016.
We’ll be telling the fascinating story of how Reading beer was transformed from a disgusting swill hated by locals, to an ale loved all over the world.

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