History of Charrington Brewery
Charrington Brewery started out as a small brewery in the 18th Century and grew to own pubs across London and countrywide. The Brewery merged with Burton Bass and Mitchells and Butlers in 1967 to form Bass Charrington Ltd, one of the “Big Six” British Brewers of the 1970s. In 1997 Bass Charrington sold off its pubs estate. From the Charrington Brewery’s humble beginnings it grew fast and to keep up with documentation of the pubs, the brewery sent photographers out to photograph the pub buildings as well as record essential information about the running of the pub on the reverse of the images. It is these survey documents that make up the Charrington’s Pub Archive.
The Charrington’s Pub Archive contains over 7,000 original Pub Records. Each record contains a large printed photo mounted on card and on the reverse there is handwritten metadata showing the pubs records, recording information such as the price of rent, number of barrels of beer sold and the landlords name.
The collection was rescued from a skip by Mr Robert Humphreys, who was at the time an area manager for the brewery, and was taken to the former Bass Museum, now known as the National Brewery Heritage Centre.
Recognising the importance of these historical records, Heritage Assets Limited stepped in to digitise the whole collection for free in return for a 5 year commercial agreement.