Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Donnington Brewery

From Graces Guide

Brewery near Stow-on-the-Wold

The mill building dates back to 1291 when it was one of the mills of Broadway Manor.

1827 The mill was bought by Thomas Arkell.

1865 Richard Iles Arkell started brewing beer alongside his farming. Richard first sold his beer to the gentry in the hunting field.

Richard's sons took over the burgeoning business from their father; Herbert eventually bought out his brother to run the brewery alone.

1951 Herbert's son, Lawrence Claude, came back from the serving in the RAF and went into the brewery.

Until the mid 1960s, the brewery grew its own barley and malted it on a special malting floor which is still in existence today. The Bobby mill is still used in the brewing process and an internal water wheel drives belts for mashing and pumps for the copper.

2007 On his death, Claude left the brewery to his cousins Peter and James Arkell, of Arkell's brewery in Swindon

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Sources of Information

  • Donnington Brewery [1]