JENNINGS BROTHERS PLC

This record is held by Cumbria Archive and Local Studies Centre, Whitehaven

Details of JENNINGS BROTHERS PLC
Title: JENNINGS BROTHERS PLC
Reference: YDB 28
Description:

ARRANGEMENT OF RECORDS

 

YDB 28/1/ ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS

 

YDB 28/1/1-3 Minute and Agenda Books 1887-1986

 

YDB 28/1/4 Letter Books 1881-1913

 

YDB 28/1/5 In Letters 1906-1919

 

YDB 28/1/6 General Administrative Records 1887-1971

 

YDB 28/1/7 Working Agreement with Dalzell's Breweries 1906-1925

 

YDB 28/1/8 Lawsuits 1891-1927

 

YDB 28/1/9 Shares 1887-1985

 

YDB 28/1/10 Agreements to let of Public Houses 1891-1934

 

YDB 28/1/11 Other Deeds and Property Records 1861-1948

 

YDB 28/1/12 Plans 1863-1973

 

YDB 28/1/13 Price Lists 1968-1970

 

YDB 28/2/ FINANCIAL RECORDS

 

YDB 28/2/1 Directors Reports and Accounts 1888-1961

 

YDB 28/2/2 Accounts 1890-1965

 

YDB 28/2/3 Accounts related papers 1888-1980

 

YDB 28/3/ LEDGERS

 

YDB 28/3/1 Class Ledgers 1888-1893

 

YDB 28/3/2 Sales to Publicans 1887-1978

 

YDB 28/3/3 Private Trade Sales 1857-1973

 

YDB 28/3/4 Banking Ledgers 1898-1976

 

YDB 28/3/5 Rent Ledgers 1888-1985

 

YDB 28/3/6 Company Property Ledgers 1903-1936

 

YDB 28/3/7 Creditors Ledgers 1888-1948

 

YDB 28/3/8 Journals 1906-1980

 

YDB 28/3/9 Sales Day Ledgers 1886-1944

 

YDB 28/3/10 Cash Books 1883-1985

 

YDB 28/3/11-13 Invoice Books 1881-1985

 

YDB 28/3/14 Miscellaneous Ledgers 1886-1978

 

YDB 28/4/ PRODUCTION RECORDS

 

YDB 28/4/1 Production Records 1906-1966

 

YDB 28/4/2 Stock Records 1900-1980

 

YDB 28/5/ STAFF RECORDS

 

YDB 28/5/1 Wages Books 1917-1967

 

YDB 28/6/ MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

 

YDB 28/6/1 Jennings Family as Insurance Agents 1848-1914

 

YDB 28/6/2 Reference Books 1886-1920

 

YDB 28/6/3 Journals, Manuals and Almanacks 1911-1927

 

YDB 28/6/4 Miscellaneous 1896-1929

 

YDB 28/7/ FAULDER'S BREWERY COMPANY LTD OF KESWICK

 

YDB 28/7/1 Minute Books 1891-1946

 

YDB 28/7/2 General Administrative Records 1888-1946

 

YDB 28/7/3 Shares 1884-1946

 

YDB 28/7/4 Financial Records 1888-1934

 

YDB 28/8/ JOSEPH DALZELL'S PARTON AND HARRINGTON BREWERIES LTD

 

YDB 28/8/1 General Administrative Records 1902-1915

 

YDB 28/8/2 Financial Records 1900-1922

 

YDB 28/8/3 Production Records 1913-1918

Date: 1848-1985
Held by: Cumbria Archive and Local Studies Centre, Whitehaven, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Extent: 8 Series
Administrative History:

The Company was originally established, as a family concern in 1828, when John Jennings Snr, a local farmer whose father William Jennings was a maltster by trade, started brewing in Lorton, Cumbria, producing a home brew which came to be renowned beyond the local vicinity. As business increased a new brewery was required and a site beneath the Castle in Cockermouth, the main market town, which had its own water supply, was chosen. Brewing commenced on the Cockermouth site in 1874. In order to raise further money to cover new building costs a limited company, Jennings Brothers Ltd, was registered in July 1887 and shares were offered to the public.

 

The property of the new company consisted of the two breweries, at Cockermouth and Lorton, three maltings and sixteen licensed houses. The capital of Jennings Brothers Ltd was increased during 1896 by the issue of mortgage debenture and preference shares with a view to increasing the tied trade. In 1906 a working agreement, terminated in 1923, was made with Messrs Joseph Dalzell's Parton and Harrington Breweries Ltd of Duke Street, Whitehaven (registered in March 1892) to take over the business of the Parton and Harrington Breweries carried on by Joseph Dalzell, together with the wine and spirit business of J F Dalzell and Co.

 

The whole capital of Faulder's Brewery Co Ltd of Browfoot, Keswick, formed in 1883 to take over the brewery business of the late R Faulder of Keswick, was acquired in 1926. Brewing at this brewery stopped in 1927 and the company was voluntarily wound up in 1946 but several valuable licensed houses in the area had been obtained by this purchase.

 

The Second World War brought shortages and rationing and the post-war years were also ones of struggling against shortages, rocketing costs and neglect because of the war. The 1950s were more fruitful with programmes of improvement and modernization to both licensed houses and the brewery being introduced. When the Carlisle State Management Brewery Scheme was wound up in 1972 Jennings purchased eight licensed houses, bringing their total to ninety wholly owned, all in Cumbria, with many other retail outlets for their cask-conditioned beer being used. In 1973 the Company fought off a take-over bid by Grand Metropolitan Ltd and has managed to remain an independent concern.

 

In 2001 the outcome of a strategic review was announced, which involved an exit from operating managed houses in order to concentrate on its tenanted estate, its brands and its free trade business. The Company currently (2003) has an estate of over 100 pubs, in Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire and the north east of England, and a product range of some dozen cask conditioned beers.

Creator Names:
  • Jennings Brothers Plc, brewers and wine merchants
Immediate Source Of Acquisition:
  • The records were surveyed by the Business Archives Council in situ at Jennings Brothers during the summer of 1981. They were deposited at Cumbria Record Office Carlisle during 1982. Jennings Brothers withdrew the records in June-July 1996 for the purpose of facilitating the writing of a company history. They were deposited at Cumbria Record Office Whitehaven by Ms A Binns, Jennings Brothers PLC, in several accessions on 15 May 2003 (H5419), 9 June 2003 (H5444) and 23 June 2003 (H5463).

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