The earliest reference I have encountered regarding this brewery is that of the
Deakin family. By the late 1880's the business was being run by James Henry
Deakin, son of the brewer Henry Deakin. The title of the Manchester Brewery
Company Limited was given to a newly-registered firm in 1888 when it was created
to acquire the business of James Henry Deakin. The firm were based at the
Britannia Brewery in Brodie Street, Ardwick, Manchester.
The company got into difficulties in the early Edwardian period. In 1912 the
business was acquired by Walker's & Homfray's Ltd.
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