History of John Rolinson & Son Ltd. at Netherton 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.


John Rolinson & Son Ltd.
John Rolinson & Son Ltd.

Some History on this Brewery
Netherton's Five Ways Brewery of John Rolinson and Son first opened around 1835 as a homebrew house run by Thomas Penbury. John Rolinson was not the licensee until 1877. Joined by his son Daniel in 1885 the business began to grow slowly.

John Rolinson could hardly be described as an aggressive expansionist - he simply bought other local properties as and when they came onto the market. He died at the age of 74 on January 13th 1896.

Son Daniel had to raise a mortgage to keep control of the brewery and tied estate. He became a Dudley Town Councillor in 1896 but made several inexplicable business decisions that caused much concern among the board.

Edwin John Thompson of Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries was brought in to steady the ship. Daniel Rolinson went his own way buying pub of inordinate size or in odd locations - he even acquired one in Bodmin before he was declared bankrupt in August 1910. He ended up working at the Green Dragon in Dudley until his death in 1920. The brewery he left continued to wobble and eventually folded in 1925. The tied estate of 59 public houses was taken over by Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries Ltd.
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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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