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Watney Mann

From Graces Guide
1960s.

1958 Watney Mann was formed from the merger of Watney, Combe, Reid and Co with Mann, Crossman and Paulin.

1959 Having fended off a hostile takeover bid, the directors revitalised the company

1960 Acquired Phipps of Northampton, Ushers of Trowbridge, Wilson and Walker of Manchester, making Watneys once again the largest brewing group, including 6,600 premises.

1961 Acquired Morgan Brewery of Norwich

1963 Acquired Bullard and Sons and Steward and Patteson of Norwich

1965 Acquired Dryborough of Edinburgh

1969 The name of Mann, Crossman and Paulin Ltd was changed to Watney Mann (London and Home Counties) Ltd

1970 Plans announced to centralise production at Mortlake, Manchester, Norwich and Edinburgh

1972 Acquired International Distillers and Vintners

1972 The business was merged with Grand Metropolitan Hotels.

1974 Merged with Truman, Hanbury, Buxton and Co.

The brewing interests later passed to Scottish and Newcastle but Grand Metropolitan retained the public houses.

1979 Watney Mann was closed.


1976 Watney Mann (London and Home Counties) Ltd was renamed Watneys London Ltd[1]

1982 Watneys London Ltd was renamed Watney Combe Reid and Co Ltd

1986 Renamed Watney Combe Reid and Truman Ltd

1988 Name changed to Watney Truman Ltd

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Sources of Information

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