There remains just one place where you can still find the Simonds name and the Trade Mark red Hop Leaf in use.

The Maltese brewery of Simonds Farsons Cisc Ltd.

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The story is outlined on the current Farsons company website HERE

This is a view of the brewery in Mriehel taken in about 1960

Farsons Mriehel

H & G Simonds started shipping beer to the Maltese Garrison troops in 1880.

The main Simonds depot was at Marsa, located at the top of the Grand Harbour.

This image of the warehouse dates from the early 1900’s and shows the Marsa building on Mill Wharf which is still standing.

It opened in about 1875,

The Marsa Wharf building is still there!

In this postcard image of the Marsa wharf  from the same period, you can just see the Simonds sign beyond the 2nd balcony.

There are some images of the offices in Valletta on the timeline page HERE.

Malta presented almost unique challenges for  a brewer to transport his heavy cargo around the very narrow alleyways and steep slopes of the old town. It called for innovative solutions that you can read about in this article from ‘The Brewers Guardian of 1958.  CLICK HERE

The wonderful ‘Scarab’ 3 wheeler and trailer have been lovingly restored and still trundles round the island!

 

Here are a few samples of the Hop Leaf Trade Mark adapted for Malta, across the decades:

Malta Simonds tram 1

Trams provided a popular billboard for Simonds signs:Malta Simonds tram 2

Malta Simonds tram 3

 

This fading sign was still visible on the corner of Strait Street, close to the old office site, in 2009.

Valetta cnr of South & Strait Str 2013

 

There was even a Simonds outpost in Benghazi, Libya

Simonds Libya