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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