History of Worthington and Co. Ltd. of Burton-on-Trent in the county of Staffordshire. Research is augmented with photographs, beer labels, pump clips, stories of local folklore, newspaper articles and a genealogy connections section for those studying their family history.


Truman, Hanbury, Buxton & Co. Ltd.
Truman, Hanbury, Buxton & Co. Ltd.

Some History on this Brewery
This brewery started life in London in 1666 but became very much a Midlands brewer when the company purchased Phillips' Brewery at Burton in 1873. This was a response to the invasion of Burton-based beers into London after the development of the railways. The company rebuilt the brewery at Burton between 1874 and 1876 and called it the Black Eagle Brewery after their original brewery in Stepney.

Truman's Black Eagle Brewery [c.1888]

Pictured above next to the Midland Railway's yard and bordering Derby Street, the Black Eagle Brewery was sadly demolished in 1973, just two years after production ceased on the site. The company's name was changed to Truman's Ltd in 1971 when Grand Metropolitan Hotels Ltd. acquired the group. Three years later the firm was was merged with Watney Mann Ltd.
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1888 image of Black Eagle Brewery supplied by Staffordshire Past-Track.

London Brewery [c.1840's by John Moore]



Brewery Plant

Genealogy Connections
If you have a genealogy story or query regarding this brewery you can contact me and I will post it here in addition to including your message within the website pages for Staffordshire Genealogy.

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David Rains Wallace by Betsy Kendall
“Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire.”
David Rains Wallace

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