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, April 2018

On April 18th I was honoured to speak about ‘The Simonds Family of Reading’ with a focus on our geographically diverse origins and the ‘Adventurers and Entrepreneurs’ who helped to set up and lead H&G Simonds Ltd as well as other businesses.  If you face a long boring evening and would like to see the full presentation with speakers notes and including a few slides not shown on the evening through time constraints, then you can load it HERE:   read more…

New pub images loaded!

There are about 65 more pub images to browse from today kindly contributed by John Berry. Many have not been identified – so please do have a look and see if you can help with this?

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!