A visit to most pubs these days presents the visitor with a much better choice of beers than was the case during the period prior to the late 1980’s when breweries, national & regional dominated ownership of public houses & offered little choice to the customer of anything other than their own products. This practice was the case during the late 19th century and the greater part the following century.
Keighley by 1924 brewers completely dominated public house ownership
with only the Lord Rodney adjacent to the
The licensee during the 1920’s was George Dean who unlike most of his counterparts who were tenants managed the establishment on behalf of the owners with a free hand in sourcing beers wines & spirits for sale at the pub.
Keighley News dated 6th December 1924 informed the population
of the ar
range produced by Joshua Tetley
& Sons of
Burton Draught Ales from the renowned Thomas Salt & Co of Burton on Trent.
Peter Marsland & Co.’s Famous Bitter the champion beer of the 1923 Brewers Exhibition.
The Albion Brewery Co.
Keighley News 6 December 1924
is interesting to note, with the exception of Younger’s, none of these
breweries are still producing beer although the Tetley name is still
used to market beer brewed nowhere near
Thomas Salt & Co., a brewer of national acclaim was acquired by neighbors
Bass Ratcliff & Gretton of Burton on Trent in 1927. The Watergate
down shortly after Wilsons of Manchester purchased the business with its
30 public houses in September 1930. The
Albion Brewery, located where Leeds Merrion centre now stands was taken
over in 1927 by another now lost Leeds brewer, the Kirkstall Brewery Co.
Brewing continued on the
Lord Rodney finally lost its Free House status on 25th September 1957 when it was purchased at auction by Joshua Tetley &
Sons. Tetley’s decision to purchase the pub make have been influenced
by the turnover of their beers in both the nearby Devonshire Arms &
Kings Arms pubs; both supplied through an agreement with William
Whitaker & Co former brewer of
The Lord Rodney purchase also meant a much narrower choice of beers available to customers than had previously been the case especially during the Christmas of 1924.
Copyright Eddie Kelly December 2011