History of Thomas Plant & Co. 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.



 

Thomas Plant & Co. Ltd.
Thomas Plant & Co. Ltd.

Some History on this Brewery
This brewery can be traced back to the mid-1830's when William Round opened a beer house called the Cottage Spring Inn fronting the High Street at Netherton. His homebrewed ales proved popular, encouraging him to increase production to supply other pubs in the locality. Over a number of years the site behind the pub developed with a new brewery building and a malthouse.

Following William Round's death around 1849, sons Samuel and James took over the business. They proved to be as successful as their father and expansion of the brewery continued. Borrowing from the success of beers produced in Burton-on-Trent, the brothers introduced a Union Fermentation System at Netherton - quite a Black Country brewing revolution.

Samuel later bought out his brother's share in the business and, following his death in 1872, bequeathed much of the business to his son Jabez. Judging simply from his age, Jabez was still wet behind the ears and, in 1875, he sold the business to Thomas Plant.

Born in Brierley Hill in 1844, Thomas Plant moved the business forward. He was constantly on the lookout for another retail outlet in which he could sell the beers produced at the Steam Brewery behind the Cottage Spring Inn. At one time a range of sixteen different beers were being produced by the company.

Thomas Plant died in 1896 and, with no son to succeed him, the firm stumbled on in the hands of his executors. John Shaw was appointed as manager in 1901, a date that coincided with the registration of the company. Thomas Plant & Co. Ltd. was acquired by the Hereford and Tredegar Brewery Ltd. in 1912 and the brewery was closed two years later. However, with John Shaw at the helm again, production was restarted in 1915. The Steam Brewery was producing beers for a tied estate of 63 public houses by the time Ansell's Brewery acquired the business in 1936. The brewery was finally closed in 1947 and later demolished.
© Copyright. Posted on 29th July 2012
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View of Halesowen Road in Netherton with Cottage Spring [c.1970]
 

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Thomas Plant No.1 Strong Ale

Quotation
Winston Churchill by Arthur Pan [1943]
“Make sure that the beer - four pints a week - goes to the troops under fire before any of the parties in the rear get a drop.”
Winston Churchill

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