Later based in Stroud's Rowcroft, this brewery was founded in the mid-18th
century by Peter Leversage. He went into partnership to develop a firm trading
as Leversage, Grazebrook and Burgh. However, the partnership fell apart in the
late 18th and early 19th centuries and the brewery continued under a new
business partnership with Joseph Watts, a businessman and local politician who
later became the sole proprietor.
Following his death in October 1855, Joseph Watts bequeathed the brewery to his
grandson Joseph Watts Hallewell. In order to develop the business, he formed a
partnership and the brewery traded as Watts Hallewell, Biddell and Stanton. The
company was registered in 1888 and, by the time it merged with the Cheltenham
and Hereford Breweries, a tied estate of 643 tied houses were being supplied.
When Whitbread's acquired the combined companies in 1963, the Stroud Brewery was
demoted to a supply depot until it was demolished in 1970.
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