Archive for August, 2011

The gold hand of Allied

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

We have had the following query, and reply

Hi there
I’ve been asked to investigate a pub sign (harrow area) for a pub that has now closed and the land is up for redevelopment.

I am trying to track down something about the history of it and I’m trying to track down some information about the gold hand insignia and date of 1856 on the sign.

I have attached a couple of images of it.

What we are trying to work out is whether the sign itself is from 1856 (which I feel it probably wasn’t) or if it’s the date of the brewery and the gold hand is the insignia for the brewery.

I wondered if you may be able to help please. Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks!

Best regards
Steven Gregory

Ray Anderson has replied as follows:

Dear Steve, 

The gold hand insignia and the date 1856 were associated with Ind Coope Burton Brewery Ltd of Burton-on-Trent. This was the name taken by the Burton brewery of the brewing conglomerate Allied Breweries in c. 1977. The date 1856 comes from when Ind Coope & Co., of Romford opened a second brewery in Burton. The inn sign cannot be earlier than the late 1970s. The gold hand was until the mid 1970s a red hand and the device been used by Samuel Allsopp and Sons from c. 1850. The colour was changed in the 70s because of association with the red hand of Ulster. 

Allsopp’s was another Burton brewery which joined up with Ind Coope in 1934 to form Ind Coope & Allsopp Ltd, and merged with Joshua Tetley & Son of Leeds and Ansells Ltd of Birmingham in 1961 to form a company which took the name Allied Breweries in 1963. Allied sold 50% of its beer business to Carlsberg in 1993 and the rest in 1997. Carlsberg in turn sold the Burton brewery to Bass in 1998. Bass was taken over by Interbrew of Belgium in 2000 and was sold on to Coors of the USA in 2002. The old Allied and Bass breweries in Burton are still operating in Burton today to form the country’s biggest brewery complex. It is run by what is now Molson Coors.


Ray Anderson

Invitation to ABBC AGM at Windsor and Eton brewery

Monday, August 1st, 2011

The ABBC have kindly invited BHS members to join them at their forthcoming AGM –

Hi Jeff we are trying to attract members of other organisations connected with similar interests to ours to join us at meetings.
Our AGM is taking place at Windsor and Eton brewery on Saturday 24th September from 11am and we would like to invite members of BHS to join us.
cheers David Taylor

If you would like to go I would suggest dropping David a line at –

Forthcoming BHS visits

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Following the recent quite exceptional visits and walks to parts of London, Burton, the West Midlands, Dublin and Nottingham, I attach details below from Chris Marchbanks on the next two BHS days out.
My thanks to Chris, Colin Bridgeland and George Crutcher for all their work preparing these trips.

1 )   September  Friday 16/9/2011–    A walking visit of the Newark Malting & Brewery Sites planned

by BHS member Colin Bridgeland using the local town trail as basis ) and lots more.

10.15 assemble in Northgate Retail Car Park ( next to  Warwick and Richardson’s brewery – now

10.30 visit Maltsters Association of GB ( The maltsters trade association founded

in 1827 )more info – with brief introduction on the

Maltsters of Newark by CE – Colin West – 31B Castlegate – NG24 1AZ

followed by walk to Millgate and the south side of Newark,
– Lunch  break at Fox and Crown  NG24 1JY ( own arrangements ) more info

followed by the central and north parts of Newark in the afternoon.

The  visit will cover sites of 8 breweries (including Trent Brewery, Holes,

Town Wharf Brewery, Warwicks & Richardson), about 26 maltings

(many with remains) and a few other associated sites.

So  a lot of sites to visit and quite a lot walking – see trailmap-

so wear stout shoes and  appropriate  weather ware.

17.30/18.00 – close at a nearby hostelry/northgate carpark

  2)  October  Thursday 20/10/11 -The visit to Vale of Aylesbury and Tring ( Bucks & Herts)

Tour by minibus with lots of stops at defunct brewery and malting sites in the

eastern part of  the Vale & Tring. Much has disappeared but there are still

some remains to be seen at: Fenny Stratford, Rowsham, Aston Clinton to

                      Tring in the morning
09.45 assemble  at Leighton Buzzard Rail Station  – pick up mini bus

visiting Holdom’s/Cave’s solid beer syndicate/Lucas/Gurney, Pullen

Browns Brewery and Maltings, Rodwell Brewery, Graces malting et al

– lunch at The Kings Arms Tring ( HP23 6BE)  – make own arrangements

(more info

–  afternoon – to Ivinghoe, Dagnall, Slapton, Mentmore and Linslade visiting

the sites of Roberts and Wilson, Batchelor, Mott and Cross Keys,

Gurney, Monson et al

With lots to see please wear stout shoes and  appropriate  weather ware.

17.30 /18.00 return Leighton Buzzard – for maybe refreshment before disperse at The Hare Inn,

Southcott. LU7 7PR.

The trip is limited to 20 persons because of the capacity of the vehicle and there will be a small charge of £6.00 / person to cover this and the document pack – which I will collect on the day
Please Note: That it is the responsibility of members and their guests taking a BHS arranged visit to organise their own insurance cover. Wear suitable footwear for maltings and brewery visits. The buildings may be several storey’s high with no lifts.

Floors are often wet and uneven. Town walks and touring such premises is not recommended for any persons with disabilities or heart conditions.

The BHS supports  sensible drinkaware policies

For planning and number control – please let me know if you are interested in attending any or all of these visits by e mail to – or  01283 561626 or mail to me at
18 Brizlincote Lane, Burton upon Trent, Staffs, DE15 0PR.
Final details for all visits will be confirmed to those who have expressed interest 2 weeks before the visit.

The number is restricted for both visits to 20 people for each – so they will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Cut off dates are  4 weeks before each visit