History & Heritage
Being an integral part of the communities we serve is fundamental to our future success and we recognise that we have a part to play in the preservation of our rich and diverse heritage.
Many of our buildings are listed or have local historical associations and all development work in our pubs or brewery sites reflects this. As well as going through all the normal planning processes we will, where appropriate, consult with other bodies such as English Heritage prior to starting work.
An example of this is the upgrade of the brewhouse at Burton: Extensive consultation was undertaken with English Heritage prior to work commencing and the resulting in an operation that retains many original features reflecting its brewing lineage, as well as bringing significant environmental benefits.
Company Time Line
The Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries, PLC was formed as a public company in 1890 by an amalgamation of three local businesses: Banks and Company (who had been brewing at Park Brewery, Wolverhampton since 1875), George Thompson and Sons of The Dudley and Victoria Breweries, Dudley, and Charles Colonel Smith's brewery at the Fox Brewery, Wolverhampton.
The company was listed on the London stock exchange.
In January, W&DB acquired Camerons Brewery in Hartlepool. Along with the brewery, over 150 pubs and 300 customer accounts became part of the W&DB business.
In February, W&DB acquired Marston, Thompson & Evershed, based in Burton on Trent and operating 918 pubs primarily in the East Midlands, North West and North Wales. In addition to the pub estate, W&DB acquired Marston's Brewery Established for over 100 years using the Burton Union System to brew high quality draught ales including the flagship premium ale, Marston's Pedigree, which is sold nationally.
Towards the end of 1999 W&DB also acquired The Mansfield Brewery Company, Mansfield, which brought with it a brewery, some excellent local beer brands and an extensive estate of managed and tenanted pubs as well as valuable Free Trade business in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire areas.
Brewing of Mansfield Beers was transferred to Park Brewery, Wolverhampton.
In April, W&DB sold the Camerons brewery site to Castle Eden Brewery.
In June, W&DB acquired Wizard Inns Limited an estate of 63 high quality managed outlets, located mainly in the south of England.
In January, the acquisition of Burtonwood plc increased W&DB's pub estate to over 2,100 pubs the third largest by number in the country.
In May, the acquisition of Jennings Brothers plc increased W&DB's pub estate to over 2,250 pubs. In addition W&DB acquired the Jennings Brewery producing a portfolio of quality ale brands.
In October, W&DB acquired English Country Inns plc an estate of 14 pubs.
On January 8th The Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries PLC changed its name to Marston's PLC. This change was to reflect the fact that in recent years the company had become a national business, as demonstrated by the growth of the Marston's brands and the acquisition and development of the pub estate across the country. The change of name also represented an opportunity to emphasise the company's tradition, heritage and values, and to better promote our pubs across the country.
In January, Marston's acquired Eldridge Pope (Nouveaustar Limited) an estate of over 100 pubs based mainly in the South of England.
In July, Marston's acquired Ringwood Brewery Limited its brands include award winning beers such as Ringwood Best Bitter, Old Thumper and Fortyniner. The business supplies approximately 700 customers, predominantly in the South of England and seven high quality, freehold, traditional pubs.
In April, Marston's acquired Ryland Thompson Limited and its subsidiaries, of which Refresh UK plc ('Refresh') is the trading arm. Refresh was established in 2000. Its Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire brews 50,000 barrels of beer per annum, including award winning brands such as Hobgoblin and Brakspear.
Marston's creates the unique and innovative FastCask™ format delivering genuine cask beer that can be moved at anytime and always be ready for sale, with no risk of cloudiness.