Bass, Ratcliff and Gretton
He renewed the partnership with Samuel Ratcliff
1839 The opening of the railway through Burton led to Burton becoming pre-eminent as a brewing town.
1861 Employing 1,084 men and 83 boys
1866 Details of a boiler explosion that killed two persons. 
1870s Bass, Ratcliff and Gretton accounted for one third of Burton's output.
1888 The company became a public limited company.
Early in the 20th century, in a declining market, many Burton breweries closed down. The numbers fell from twenty in 1900 to eight in 1928.
1923 Bass took over the brewery of Peter Walker and Son.
1927 Worthingtons merged with Bass, Ratcliff and Gretton, ending a long standing rivalry between two of the town's major brewers, forming Bass and Worthington. Worthington continued to brew their own beer.
1927 Acquired Thomas Salt and Co.
1935 Bass was one of the original FT 30 companies on the London Stock Exchange when the listing was established.