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Ind Coope

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1948. Beer-Bottling plant at Burton-on-Trent.
May 1953.
June 1953.
August 1962.
November 1963. Long Life.

of Romford, Essex and Burton-on-Trent

1708 The Star Inn, High Street, Romford, Essex was established[1]

1750 George Cardon began to brew his own ale in the cellars of the Star Inn

1799 When Cardon died, Edward Ind and John Grosvener bought the brewery, located behind the Star Inn in Romford.

1816 Grosvener sold out to John Smith, the business continuing as Ind and Smith.

1845 Smith sold his holding to W. Coope and his brother George[2].


1845 Octavius and George Coope joined Edward Ind in his brewery business. C. E. Coope joined the firm.

1845 Henry Smith left the Romford Brewery and, with his brother-in-law, head brewer, John Turner, moved to Chiswick to become part of Fuller, Smith and Turner.

1848 Edward Vipan Ind joined the partnership

1856 They became known as Ind Coope and Company. Second brewery opened in Burton on Trent by Ind Coope.

1886 Limited liability company registered

1900 took over Jeremiah Hill and Co, Brentwood Brewery, with 31 public houses

1909 Went into receivership

1912 New company formed which acquired certain assets from the receiver: Ind Coope and Co (1912) Ltd

1914 Acquired Bindley and Co of Burton

1920 Acquired Robinson's Brewery of Burton

1923 Ind Coope and Co (1912) Ltd renamed as Ind Coope and Co Ltd

1923 Acquired Woolfs Ltd, Crewe

1925 Acquired Colchester Brewery Co

1927 Acquired Burton Brewery Co

1929 Acquired All Saint's Brewery of Leicester

1931 Acquired Budden and Biggs, Stroud, and Leeds City Brewery

1934 Company merged with Samuel Allsopp and Sons, forming Ind Coope and Allsopp.

After 1945 the company became increasingly acquisitive and grew rapidly.

1947 Purchased Aylesbury Brewery

1949 Acquired Parker's Burslem Brewery and the Wrexham Lager Brewery

1950 Acquired Lonsdale and Adshead of Macclesfield

1952 Acquired Trouncer and Co of Shrewsbury

1957 Acquired Benskins Watford Brewery

1959 Acquired Taylor Walker and Co, London. The Allsopp name was dropped from the title.

1960 Acquired J. R. Phillips and Co[3]

1961 Merged with Ansells and Tetley Walker to form Allied Breweries. The beer is now produced by Carlsberg-Tetley at their Leeds plant.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. National Archives [1]
  2. Karen Bowman, back stories [2]
  3. The Times, Sep 20, 1960
  • [3] Ind Coope
  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5
  • Brewery History [4]
  • National Archives [5]