In 1953 on the death of Chairman Eric Simonds, the estate consisted of;

  • 3 breweries; Reading, Devonport and in Bristol on Jacob Street, which closed in 1953 after 107 years brewing.
  • 1132 pubs
  • 36 hotels
  • 30 Off Licences, under the Charles Kinloch brand
  • Over 200 vehicles in the Transport Department

The scale and an emerging understanding of the value of this extensive property portfolio was one of the key driving factors behind the merger with Courage Barclay.

You can find many old images of the Reading Brewery from about 1895 in the ‘Timeline’ under the ‘History’ tab HERE;

This is the Devonport brewery in 1959.