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Brewers of Unicorn Brewery, Stockport
1838 After twelve successful years as the landlord of the Unicorn public house in Lower Hillgate, Stockport, William Robinson purchased the inn from Samuel Hole on 29th September.
By 1849 William had remarried after the early death of his wife Juliet and moved to Heaton Norris, leaving George, his oldest son to run the inn with his wife and sister-in–law. At this time George started to brew the first Robinsons ale.
1859 William’s younger son, Frederic, took the helm from George. Bought a warehouse to the rear of the Unicorn inn to expand capacity.
From 1878 Frederic bought a number of public houses to control the quality of the beer served
1908 Started bottling in a new building
1929 new brewhouse established
1929 Acquired Kay's Atlas Brewery.
1933 William died
Early 1950s: 5th generation Robinsons (Peter, Dennis and David) started to join the business.
The estate grew to more than 350 pubs across the North West and Wales.