The Brewery History

  • 1875

    It all kicks off. The first oak barrel of fresh cask ale rolls out of Park Brewery in Wolverhampton.

  • 189O

    Three local breweries – Banks and Co, Dudley Breweries and Fox Brewery – come together to form The Wolverhampton & Dudley Brewery.

  • 19O9

    As Man U wins the FA Cup for the first time, North Worcestershire Breweries becomes part of the family.

  • 1912 – 28

    The Wolverhampton & Dudley Brewery is also joined by John Rolinson and Sons of Netherton, Kidderminster Brewery Co, City Brewery Co in Lichfield and Robert Allen and Co’s wines and spirits business in Worcester.

  • 1943

    Even during the darkest days of World War II, people wanted a great beer they could trust, so Julia Hanson & Sons of Dudley joined us.

  • 196O

    As a group of four scouse lads formed the Beatles, we acquired the Broadway Brewery at Shifnal.

  • 1964

    Time for the City of London bowler hat brigade to get involved. The Wolverhampton & Dudley Brewery was floated on the Stock Exchange for the first time.

  • 1992

    Team GB wins a whopping five golds at the Barcelona Olympics, and back then people thought it was a brilliant result. In the meantine, JW Cameron and Co Ltd of Hartlepool becomes part of the business.

  • 1999

    As Britain prepares for the millennium celebrations, we are joined by Mansfield Brewery Co Ltd, as well as Marston, Thompson and Evershed Ltd of Burton upon Trent.

  • 2OO5

    Jennings brewery was acquired.

  • 2OO7

    It was decided to let go of the old company name Wolverhampton & Dudley breweries, so we became Marston’s. As well as showing that we had grown into something bigger than our regional beginnings, this name also gave nod to our heritage, by using a brewing name that’s existed since 1834.
    We also acquired Ringwood brewery, best known for its award winning beers Old Thumper and Fortyniner.

  • 2OO8

    Wychwood brewery was acquired, famous for the popular Hobgoblin and Brakspear ales.

  • 2O15

    Acquisition of Daniel Thwaites beer division, the acquisition included two leading brands Wainwright and Lancaster Bomber.

  • 2O17

    Acquisition of Charles Wells brewery, including the lead brand Bombardier as well as the license of world beers.

  • 1875
  • 1890
  • 1909
  • 1912 – 28
  • 1943
  • 1960
  • 1964
  • 1992
  • 1999
  • 2005
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2015
  • 2017


The people of Wolverhampton are remowned for their witty, straight talking approach to life, telling it exactly how it is. As the beer of Wolverhampton we have adopted that no nonsense approach.No frills – just great beer.

Standing tall above the Wolverhampton city skyline with it’s iconic chimney, Banks’s breweryhas been brewing great beers since 1875. The famous Victorian Park Brewery has remainedfaithful to its long standing principal that to brew the best beers you must use the best natural ingredients. The brewery today is a hive of activity with a team of dedicated brewers makingsure those principals remain at the heart of the brewery.

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