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Hall and Woodhouse

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Brewer of Blandford Forum, Dorset

1777 Charles Hall established the Ansty Brewery

1827 Robert took over from his father on the latter's death

1838 "Edward" Illingworth Woodhouse left school to work at Ansty Brewery

1847 Edward married Robert's niece, Hannah Dodge, and was made a partner in the brewery

1859 Edward became sole owner on Robert's death. Edward started buying public houses

1875 First use of the Badger trademark - one of the earliest.

1882 Acquired Hectors brewery in Blandford St Mary

1898 Acquired Godwins Brothers of Durweston, brewery and 26 houses; established as limited company; construction of new brewery at Blandford

1900 Hectors brewery was burned down, 2 months before the new brewery opened

1904 Acquired Fontmell Magna brewery

1912 Acquired 3 Foden steam traction engines. Bought the Marnhull Brewery

1929 Further acquisitions of pubs brought the total to 129.

1935 Acquired C. Ellis and Sons of the Wimbourne Brewery

1936 First brewer to put Best Bitter in a can

1963 After many attempts, acquired Matthews Brewery of Gillingham

2000 Acquired King and Barnes in Horsham together with 55 houses, bringing the total to 256

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  • Hall and Woodhouse [1]