Welcome to our website, 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 maybe 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 att he bottom of each page.



New image of Drays

Chris Gould sent me this lovely image!  Can anybody out there hazard a guess as to its date – or place?   He has used a microscope to decipher the words ‘Southern Railway’ on the sign – does that help?  Maybe this is a delivery for buffet cars?

Simonds ‘Pedigree’ 1926 now on-line

This beautiful manuscript ‘Family Tree’ was produced in 1926 by the Royal College of Heralds!

BBC Radio Berkshire – Interview

I was interviewed on Brewery History this morning by Kirsten Walker just after the 10.00 am news. To listen, click HERE and go to 07.30 for the 1st session.