COURAGE'S
  
                           1787 - 1932
            
                                                   by G.N. Hardinge, Director 1897-1927



                          


                                          
                             
                            
                               
                                    
           INTRODUCTION

THE Birth, Growth and Development of Courage’s Brewery is the contribution to British industry
made by successive generations of a single family. It may be a modest contribution, but some
notes of its history are worthy of record for the information not only of posterity, but of all who are
concerned in our day with the business of brewing. If this record does no more it will at least provide
an illustration of the rise of an undertaking from obscurity to fame by the road of industrial
development—a notable feature of the latter part of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in
England—as well as the growth of the manufacture of beer from a domestic occupation into a great
industry.

As I entered the Firm at the time it was formed into a public company, and spent 43 years in its
service, and have had access to all the old books and documents, and also enjoyed the personal
friendship of all the Directors since 1889, I have endeavoured to write a short account of the birth
and growth of the business in remembrance of the many happy years I have spent at Horselydown,
and in recognition of the many kindnesses I have received.

I should like to place on record my most grateful thanks to Mr. Ernest E. Williams for his able
assistance in helping me to compile this book.

G.N. Hardinge, December 1932
Anchor Brewhouse,
Horselydown,
London, S.E.1.


                              
 Chapter 1        Horsey Down 1590

                              
 Chapter 2        History of the Courage family

                               
Chapter 3        Growth of the business

                               
Chapter 4        The Anchor Brewhouse to-day (1932)

                              
 Chapter 5        Courage's business methods

                               
Chapter 6        The Company stage

                              
 Chapter 7        The First World War (1914-1918) and the Courages

                              
 Chapter 8        Post-war developments

                               
Chapter 9        Houses

                               
Chapter 10      Some concluding reflections