History of North Worcestershire Breweries Ltd. at Stourbridge 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.


North Worcestershire Breweries Ltd.
North Worcestershire Breweries Ltd.

Some History on this Brewery
With production based at both the Round Oak and Stourbridge breweries, this company had an extensive estate of public houses because it was formed out of several other smaller firms. The NWB, as it was known, was registered in May 1896 when the Stourbridge Brewery amalgamated with the Round Oak Brewery of Brierley Hill, the White Swan Brewery in Oldbury and the Rowley Brewery in Blackheath. The company supplied a tied estate of 135 pubs by the time it was acquired by Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries Ltd. in 1910.

The Stourbridge Brewery was based in Duke Street. The first image in the gallery above shows the brewery listed in a Post Office trade directory published in 1845. This shows the proprietors as Wall and Hand and based at both Duke Street and Rye Market. Alveley-born Francis Hand lived at the latter with his wife Esther and a large family. He was in partnership with John Wall. A local man, in 1851 he was recorded as a maltster and brewer employing 6 men.

In 1850 the business was listed in a Post Office directory as John Wall & Co. Brewers and Maltsters of High Street and Duke Street. George Hand is also listed as a victualler and maltster at the Saracen's Head in the High Street. Other partners joined the firm and by 1884 the brewery was listed as Haskew, Whitwell and Hand.

Thomas Hand was the manager of the brewery in the 1870's. He had married Emma Moody, a member of the family in business as stationers. The couple first lived at Brewery House in Duke Street but moved to Pargeter House, a property that he probably commissioned.

The brewery was extensively damaged by a fire in 1897 and many of the buildings had to be rebuilt.
© Copyright. Posted on 27th July 2012
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