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

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 edition year in September a blue bound annual ‘Compendium Edition’ was offerd to management & staff for a small subscripotion.  We 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  

Here are the issues from March 1943:-

Vol XVII – XX, 1943 – 1945

Vol XX – XXIII, 1946 – 1948

Vol XIII – XV, 1949 – 1951

Vol XXVI – XXVIII, 1952 – 1954

Vol XXX – XXXI, 1955 – 1957

Vol XXXII – XXXIII, 1958 – 1959

Vol XXXIV – XXXV, 1960 – 1961

Here are some of the most popular issues:

1985  The Bi-Centenary Souvenir Issue

1985 The Bi-Centenary Souvenir Issue

1952  F.A. Simonds’ Jubilee Issue

1952 Brewery Jubilee Issue

1953 F.A.  Simonds Obituary Issue

1953 FA Simonds Obituary Issue

1953 Summer Issue, The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth 2nd

1953 The Coronation Issue

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

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. Once you find an issue of interest, follow the notes to search that issue in more detail.