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Rhymney Breweries Ltd records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DRB

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Rhymney Breweries Ltd records

Short Title: Rhymney Breweries Ltd records

Creation date(s): 1836-1974

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.08 cubic metres (87 vols., 2 boxes, 7 large boxes)

Name of creator(s): Andrew Buchan and Company (Rhymney Iron Company Brewery);Andrew Buchan Breweries Ltd.; Charles Edwards Brewery Ltd.; Crosswells Cardiff Brewery Ltd.; D.F. Pritchard Ltd.; D. Williams & Co. (Merthyr) Ltd.; The Ely Brewery Co. Ltd.; The Ely Brewery Co. Ltd.; Griffiths Brothers Ltd.; Llanfoist Table Waters Ltd.; Pontypridd Brewery Company; The Reform Brewery Co. Ltd.; Rhondda Valley Brewery Co. Ltd.; Rhondda Valley Breweries Co. Ltd.; Rhondda Valley and Ely Breweries Co. Ltd.; Rhondda Valley and Pontypridd Bottling Co. Ltd.; Rhymney Breweries Ltd.


Administrative/Biographical history: In 1960, Rhymney Breweries Ltd. took over the Ely Brewery Co. Ltd. Rhymney Breweries Ltd. could trace its origins back to the 1830s, while the Ely Brewery Co. Ltd. was established as the Rhondda Valley Brewery Company in 1873. Both companies over the years acquired a number of other brewery companies, some of which were wound up and absorbed into the parent company, while others continued in existence as subsidiaries. Through these acquisitions and mergers, the two companies came to own breweries in various locations in Glamorgan and Monmouthshire, the most important being in Rhymney, Cardiff, Treherbert, Pontypridd, and Merthyr Tydfil. They also acquired a large number of public houses across south Wales. In 1966, Rhymney Breweries Ltd. was taken over by Whitbread & Co. Ltd. Rhymney Breweries Ltd. continued as a subsidiary of Whitbread & Co. until 1969, when a new company, Whitbread Wales Ltd., was formed following a merger with Evan Evans Bevan Ltd. of Neath, another subsidiary of Whitbread.


Scope and content/abstract: Records relating to Andrew Buchan/Rhymney Breweries Ltd., Crosswells Cardiff Brewery Ltd., Rhondda Valley/Ely Brewery Co. Ltd., and the Ely Brewery Co. Ltd including minute books, accounts and title deeds, 1836 - 1974


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: The records have been arranged by company.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply

Finding aids: A full version of the catalogue can be searched online at


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records offered have been accepted and listed.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The records passed into the custody of Whitbread & Co. Ltd. in 1966. The records were held at the breweries in Rhymney until their deposit in the Glamorgan Record Office.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Whitbread & Co.Ltd., 1977-1978


Related material: Records relating to the Rhymney Brewery and Andrew Buchan and Company can be found in the Rhymney Iron Works Collection (D/D Rh).

Publication note: Some of the records in the collection were used in research for Whitbread in South Wales. A History, by Nick Redman, published by Whitbread plc (1992).


Note: While the earliest record in the collection dates from 1836, most date from the late nineteenth century only.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annabel Wickham for the ANW Project; Sources used include Glamorgan Record Office finding aids.

Rules or conventions: Description follows Archives Network Wales guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2006

Breweries | Wales | Glamorgan
Rhymney Breweries Ltd | Archives

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Rhymney Breweries Ltd

Rhymney (Wales)

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