This company was based at the Victoria Brewery in
Dudley's Hall Street. The
brewery was founded in 1873 by John Dawes, licensee of the Lamp Tavern in Hall
Street. Once he got established and enjoyed some success he leased a second pub
- the Seven Stars Inn on the High Street. He also bought two more beer houses in
Wolverhampton Street and Charlotte Street respectively.
John Dawes' expansion
plans may have been too ambitious for he found himself in financial difficulties
by 1880. It was at the creditors meeting held on December 8th 1880 that George
Thompson bought the estate of John Dawes for 2/6d in the pound. He later
acquired the Dudley Brewery, also located in Hall Street and these two
businesses formed the newly-created Dudley and Victoria Breweries. This company
would form part of
Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries Ltd. when it registered in 1890. Members
of the Thompson family have remained at the helm of W&DB since the 19th century.
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