History of George Thompson and Sons at Dudley in the county of Worcestershire. 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.


George Thompson and Sons
George Thompson and Sons

Some History on this Brewery
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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Map Showing the Victoria Brewery of George Thompson and Sons in Dudley

Robin Hood and Friar Tuck
“This is grain, which any fool can eat, but for which the Lord intended a more divine means of consumption... Beer!”
Friar Tuck - Robin Hood

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