The Hop Leaf Gazette was the ‘In House’ magazine of H&G Simonds Ltd for distribution to management, staff & publicans.

First published monthly in October 1926, it was also later for public sale. Produced monthly until the darkest days and paper shortages of WW2, it last appeared in its original blue covered format in December 1942. Relaunched in March 1943 it was then issued quarterly until the Autumn of 1961 when the Simonds name stopped being used. There was one final ‘Souvenir Issue’ in 1985 to celebrate 200 years of brewing at ‘The Bridge Street Brewery’, that was drafted by the last member of the Simonds family to serve as a Director of H&G Simonds and later of Courage Brewery, David Simonds.

The few issues we posess dated from before March 1942 and posted on the next page are effectively duplicates from the previous section..

1985  The Bi-Centenary Souvenir Issue

1985 The Bi-Centenary Souvenir Issue

Produced in the editorial style of its day, it included articles on; brewery operations, products & branding, pub refurbishments and corporate news, as well as the profiles and obituaries of key employees, licencees & pub management, births, marriages & deaths among long serving staff, brewery sporting & social events and even a regular ‘Nature Note’. Illustrated with images of people, pubs and events, it proved very popular and well-read among the wider Brewery family.

1952  F.A. Simonds’ Jubilee Issue

1952 Brewery Jubilee Issue

Today, it provides us all with a fascinating Social History resource and archive that we have now made more widely accessible here.

At the end of each year [or edition] a blue bound annual ‘Compendium Edition’.  I have a complete set of the 16 annual editions that were produced from 1926 -1942. These are now on-line as a key social record of the period.  HERE  

1953 F.A.  Simonds Obituary Issue

1953 FA Simonds Obituary Issue

Sadly, even a high resolution scan has not made the small faded font reliably searchable for specific names or text, but do please try it using the search tool at the bottom of each page – to search for your family or special interest items.

If you can loan us any missing issues for this project – please do get in touch.

1953 Summer Issue, The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth 2nd

1953 The Coronation Issue