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page4.html Wm Whitaker & Co. Ltd; Bi-Centenary 1757-1957 glass tankard discovered by Andrew Wright of Jubilee Refreshment Rooms, Sowerby Bridge and given to me.

This William Whitaker & Co. Ltd; glass Bi-Centenary tankard was kindly given to me by Andrew Wright of the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms, Sowerby Bridge Railway Station. It was discovered in a charity shop.

Only two years after the Bi-Centenary was celebrated, on October 1st 1959, the company’s 119 public houses were bought by Joshua Tetley & Son Ltd; of Leeds. The price was the issue to Whitaker shareholders of £400,000 Tetley 5 ½ % Preference Stock, £300,000 Tetley Ordinary Stock and £480,000 in cash.

Whitaker’s Old Brewery closed in June 1928 and the firm continued to trade selling Tetley draught and bottled beers in their houses. At the former stables in Park Road, off Manchester Road the bottled Bass, Worthington and Guinness ales. There they also blended and bottled spirits.

The New Victoria, (lastly named Odeon) cinema was built on the Old Brewery site.

On the other side of the tankard is the names of the members of the company’s directorship. Chairman Christopher Smith Byrom Thompson-Royds, his two uncles Colonel Reginald Thompson D.S.O; Major Wately Thompson and H. J. Greenwood general manager.

C. S. B. Thompson-Royds father Gilbert Thompson was a casualty of the 1st World World serving in the Connaught Rangers. Both his two uncles were more fortunate and returned home from their wartime service.

Hammonds United Breweries advertising from a Bradford City AFC programme c1960

Advertising from a Bradford City AFC; match programme in 1960 for the nearby Belle Vue Hotel, Manningham Lane, Bradford.

Joshua Tetley in 1852 drawn by J. Gilbert Mrs J. Noel Tetley collection

Joshua Tetley 1778 - 1859, pictured in this crayon drawing by J. Gilbert from 1852.

The gentleman may be spinning slightly slower in his grave now that Carlsberg have announced that they are having some Tetley beer once again brewed in Leeds.

Yorkshire Post, 10/5/2018, reported that the Leeds Brewery is to brew a range of Tetley heritage beers. Tetley’s No 3 Pale Ale is the first to be launched. The recipe used dates from 1868 and is said to be from the West Yorkshire Archive in Bradford.

Perhaps they might come across the recipe for Melbourne Bitter one day.


Picture from the Mrs J. Noel Tetley collection.

The Branch, Otley Road/Bradford Road, Shipley c 1950, when a Melbourne house.

The Branch, Shipley, at the junction of Otley Road and Bradford Road, pictured about 1950 when owned by the Melbourne Brewery of Leeds.

Waller & Son Ltd; Trafalgar Brewery, Bradford, purchased the public house, along with the nearby Ring O’ Bells from the Earl Rosse’s estate in 1911.  

In 1935 Leeds and Wakefield Breweries Ltd; trading as the Melbourne Brewery, took over Waller’s Bradford Brewery Ltd; who were then brewing at Hipperholme. Melbourne Brewery was acquired by Tetley & Son of Leeds in 1960.

The Waller brewery trade mark anchor in a mosaic at the Branch Hotel, Shipley. Otley Road entrance.

The Waller trademark anchor is featured in a mosaic in the pub’s Otley Road entrance.

Bradford Council have purchased the property and intend to carry demolition in order to widen the road junction.