Simonds Family Archives re-homed!

A great day for those who might one day like to learn more about H&G Simonds Ltd!

8 large filing boxes of Simonds Family archives, all duly sorted & cataloged, were delivered to The Berkshire Records Office, where they will be cataloged to their standards and made available to the public for future research. My thanks to the team there for taking this on!

The vast majority have already been scanned and loaded to this site – some 150,000 pages!

The Maltings, 1905

Great new image – The Maltings in 1905, by Gordon Collier

12,000 Searchable pages added!

I am delighted to announce that our library of Hop Leaf Gazettes & Staff Newsletters from 1926-1964 has just been posted in fully searchable format! A unique record of the Social History of Reading. 1st section HERE

VE Day, Family Tribute

Our family suffered many casualties of various wars, but on this special day I would like to honour 2 sets of brothers. CLICK HERE to see their stories and that of others who died as a result of those wars:

New image of Drays

Chris Gould sent me this lovely image! We did extensive repairs to the image and he used a microscope to decipher the words ‘Southern Railway’ on the sign. So we now know it is a delivery to the Bonded stores at Reading Station. Thanks to the ‘sleuths’ out there!

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.