Founded 1820. Registered June 1886 to acquire Arnold & Co., and E.& B. Trimmer of Gloucester as Arnold & Co. Ltd. Name changed to Arnold Perrett & Co.Ltd in 1887 when H. & A. Perrett of Wotton under Edge was acquired with 325 tied houses,. 40 public houses sold to Bristol Georges & Co. Ltd 1917. Merged with the Cheltenham Original Brewery in 1924 and brewing ceased. Premises used as a cider factory until 1969/1970. Wickwar Brewery moved their brewing operations into the old Arnold Perrett brewery, but sadly the brewery at Wickwar is no longer operational.

Arnold, Perrett & Co., Ltd. Wickwar

Arnold Perrett and Co. Ales and Stout Advert - Wickwar

                                    Awarded 2 Prize Medals

                                    Arnold & Co’s

                                    Celebrated Gold Medal

                                    Wickwar Ales & Stout

                                    Brewed expressly for family use

                                    By Arnold, Perrett & Co., Ltd., The Brewery, Wickwar

                                    Recommended by the Faculty

Arnold Perrett and Co. Brewers and Wine and Spirit Merchants Gloucester

                                               Price List

India, Pale & Bitter Ales:

No 1 Brand East India Pale Ale. 27/- per kilderkin, 13/6 per firkin, 6/9 per pin

No 2 Pale Ale. 24/- per kilderkin, 12/- per firkin, 6/- per pin

AKA Bitter Ale. 21/- per kilderkin, 10/6 per firkin, 5/3 per pin

AK Bitter Ale. 18/- per kilderkin, 9/- per firkin, 4/6 per pin

Mild Ales:

No. 3 Mild Ale. 15/- per kilderkin, 7/6 per firkin, 3/9 per pin

No. 4 Mild Ale. 18/- per kilderkin, 9/- per firkin,  4/6 per pin

No. 5 Burton Ale. 21/- per kilderkin, 10/6 per firkin, 5/3 per pin

No. 6 Rich Mild Ale. 24/- per kilderkin, 12/- per firkin, 6/- per pin

No. 7 Strong Ale. 27/- per kilderkin, 13/6 per firkin, 6/9 per pin

No 8. Strong Ale. 30/- per kilderkin, 15/- per firkin, 7/6 per pin


BS Brown Stout. 21/- per kilderkin, 10/6 per firkin, 5/3 per pin

DBS Double Brown Stout 24/- per kilderkin, 12/- per firkin, 6/- per pin

                                                Advertisement 1895

Arnold Perrett & Co. - Brewery Offices Window - Wickwar

The Gloucestershire Cider Company Limited. from ‘200 Years of Brewing. West Country Breweries. 1960’

The Premises at Wickwar

Cider has been produced at the Wickwar factory of the Gloucestershire Cider Company for more than 36 years, but the origins of the company go back to 1800. It was in that year that Mr. Thomas Arnold opened a brewery in the High Street, later being succeeded by his three sons, Thomas, Stephen and John who carried on business under the name of Arnold & Company.

As the business prospered it was soon necessary to build a new brewery, and this was erected on the present site of the Gloucestershire Cider Company near Wickwar railway station. By 1876 Stephen and John Arnold had left the company and in that year Thomas was joined in partnership by a Churchdown farmer named Halsey.

After investing considerable capital in the business Mr. Halsey eventually gained control, and in 1884 he transferred the brewery to his two sons, Arnold and William, and to his future son-in-law Mr H. Wiles. From that time the brewery flourished, and two years later the firm of Arnold & Co. Ltd. was floated to acquire the existing company and also E. & B. Trimmer of Gloucester.

The following year Perrett’s Brewery of Bournstream was also taken over, Arnold, Perrett & Co., being registered. During the next four decades the company took over a number of other companies among them the Gloucester wine and spirit business of J. & H. Hills. This was an important acquisition because it provided Arnold, Perrett & Co. Ltd., with bonded warehouses in Quay Street, Gloucester.

Arnold, Perrett & Co. Ltd., was eventually absorbed in 1924 by the Cheltenham Original Brewery, and at the same time it was decided to devote the entire resources of the Wickwar brewery to cider making. Trading continued under the name of the Wickwar Cider Company, a title which was finally changed to the Gloucestershire Cider Company in 1931.

The change over from brewing beer to cider involved a tremendous amount of reorganisation. The old brewing plant was stripped out, and the buildings converted to hold huge storage tanks. Since the war, with an increasing demand for the company’s cider, these storage facilities have been considerably enlarged, and new bottling plant has also been installed. Today the cellars, sixty feet underground, have some of the largest reinforced tanks in the country, with a total capacity of 1,500,000 gallons.

In 1959 H.P. Bulmer & Co., of Hereford acquired a 51% interest in the Gloucestershire Cider Company Ltd., and following this agreement the company handles Bulmer’s ciders in addition to a full range of its own ciders, all of which are obtainable in Cheltenham & Hereford and Stroud houses.

Arnold Perrett & Co. Brewery

Theakston’s Wickwar Depot

Chas Wright, who later went on to brew his own beer at the Uley Brewery, was the local representative of Theakstons Brewery in the mid 1970’s. At that time Theakstons beers were brewed at both Carlisle and Masham. Theakston’s traditional draught beer in wooden casks were transported from the Carlisle Brewery to the old Arnold Perrett & Co. premises in Wickwar. The Theakston’s Wickwar depot served around 50 outlets from Devon to Herefordshire. The cellarage of some 4,000 square feet was built into a former quarry, giving a constant temperature of 53 degrees farenheit.

Below Theakston’s depot were more cellars extending to a depth of some 60 feet which were used for H.M. Customs as bonded cellars for sherry.

The wooden casks used by Theakston’s at the time were proving to be temperamental. Nearly 20% of casks arriving at Wickwar were deemed undrinkable. Each empty 18 gallon cask weighed 40 lbs. When the casks were full they weighed over 200 lbs. Aluminium casks, on the other hand, were considerably lighter and could be throughly cleaned effectively and quickly. The production costs of making a traditional wooden cask were far in excess of the metal alternative.

According to the Tippler in September 1979, Theakston’s planned to transport their Best Bitter in bulk containers from Carlisle to Masham so that barrelling could be carried out in the cool cellars of the old Arnold Perrett Brewery. It was thought that this would improve the quality of the beer whilst substantially reducing costs.

Arnold Perrett & Co., Tied or Leased Pubs (from 1891 and 1903 licensing books)

Albion Inn, Viney Hill

Anchor Inn / Vaults, Warwick Place, Cheltenham

Anchor Hotel, Central Lydbrook

Anchor Inn, Thornbury

Aurora, High Street, Tewkesbury

Bakers Arms, High Street, Wotton under Edge

Barley Mow, Hawkesbury

Beaufort Arms, 14 St. Aldate Street, Gloucester

Beaufort Arms, High Street, Wickwar

Bell Hotel, Tewkesbury

Bell Inn, Ruardean

Bird in Hand, Berkeley

Bird in Hand, Blakeney

Bird in Hand, Chaxhill, Minsterworth

Black Bear, High Street, Tewkesbury

Black Dog Inn, Church Street, Newent

Blackfriars Inn, 10 Commercial Road, Gloucester

Black Horse, Berkeley

Black Horse, North Nibley

Blue Boys, Kingswood, Wotton under Edge

Bull Inn, Bull Lane, Gloucester

Bull Inn, Church Street, Newent

Butchers Arms, Aylburton

Carpenters Arms, Tumpkin Ayles, Hewelsfield

City Arms, 9 Bell Lane, Gloucester

Coach and Horses, Gloucester

Codrington Arms, Iron Acton

Crown Inn, Coombe Hill

Crown Inn, Stone

Crown Inn, Parish of West Dean (location unknown)

Dolphin Inn, St.Georges Street, Cheltenham

Duke of Beaufort, Hawkesbury Upton

Dukes Head, Brookend, Woolastone

Engine Inn, Yate

Fleece Hotel, High Street, Cinderford

Fleece Hotel, Newerne Street, Lydney

Fleet Inn, Twyning Ferry

Foresters Arms, Bream Road, Lydney

Foresters Arms, Tewkesbury

Fox Inn, Woodford

Fox and Goose, Halmore

Fox and Hounds, Inglestone Common, Hawkesbury

Full Moon, Synwell, Wotton under Edge

Gate Inn, High Street,Wickwar

Gardeners Arms, Twyning

George Hotel, High Street, St. Briavels

Gloucester House Inn, 20 Gloucester Place,Cheltenham

Gloucester Hotel, Station Approach, Gloucester

Golden Heart, Pittcourt, North Nibley

Happy Return, Tewkesbury

Hare and Hounds, Cheltenham Road, Churchdown

Hope Inn, 62 Barton Street, Gloucester

Horseshoe Inn, Alkington

Horseshoe Inn, Chipping Sodbury

Huntsmans House Inn, Falfield

Jolly Waterman, Walham, Longford, Gloucester

Kilcot Inn, Kilcot, Newent

Kings Head, Bank Street, Coleford

Kings Head, North Nibley

Kings Head, The Flat, Chaxhill (Birdwood?)

Kings Head, Barton Street,Tewkesbury

King William Inn, 32 Alvin Street, Gloucester

Lamb Inn, Berkeley

Lamb Inn, Cam

Leopard Inn, Southgate Street, Gloucester

Lion Inn, 27 High Street, Cinderford (Golden Lion)

Lower George Hotel, High Street, Newnham on Severn

Magnet Inn, Union Street, Gloucester

Masons Arms, Kingswood, Wotton under Edge

Mariners Arms, Salter Street, Berkeley

Midland and Royal Hotel, Gloucester

Miners Arms, Whitecroft

Miners Rest, Parish of West Dean (location unknown)

Nags Head, Lower Westgate Street, Gloucester

Nelson Inn, 20 Barton Street, Tewkesbury

New Inn, Arlingham (Old Passage Inn)

New Inn, Cam

New Inn, Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury

New Inn, Berry Hill

New Inn, Parkend (Woodman Inn)

New Inn, High Street, Wickwar

Old Bear Inn, Westgate Street, Gloucester

Old Dial Inn, 93 Westgate Street, Gloucester

Pear Tree Inn, Charfield

Pear Tree Inn, Wanswell, Berkeley

Pelican Inn, St.Marys Street, Gloucester (College Arms)

Pheasant Inn, Columbia Street, Gloucester

Pier View Hotel, Newtown, Sharpness

Pilot Inn, Purton

Plough Inn, Charfield

Plough Inn, Gloucester ?

Plough Inn, Hamfallow, Berkeley

Plough Inn, Tresham

Plough Inn, Quedgeley

Plume of Feathers, Hinton, Berkeley (Lammastide Inn)

Porter Stores, Thornbury

Prince Arthur Inn, Park Road, Gloucester

Prince of Wales, Station Road, Gloucester

Princes Plume, Tirley

Queens Arms, Ashleworth

Queens Head, High Street, Lydney

Railway Inn, Bullo (Bullo Cross Inn)

Railway Inn, Charfield

Railway Inn, Parkend

Railway Inn, Tewkesbury

Ram Inn, Potters Pound, Wotton under Edge

Red Lion Inn, Cromhall

Red Lion Inn, Gloucester ?

Red Lion Inn, Huntley

Rising Sun Inn, Braxley Road, Wotton under Edge

Rose and Crown Inn, Iron Acton

Rose and Crown Inn, Pucklechurch

Royal Forester, Lower Westgate Street, Gloucester

Royal Forester, Parish of West Dean (location unknown)

Royal Oak, Cromhall

Royal Oak, Parish of East Dean (location unknown)

Royal Oak, Lower Westgate Street, Gloucester

Salutation Inn, Ham, Berkeley

Salutation Inn, Coombe Road, Wotton under Edge

Salmon Inn, Wanswell

Severn Bridge and Railway Hotel, Sharpness

Severn View Inn, Primrose Hill, Lydney

Shakespeare Inn, 33 High Street, Tewkesbury

Ship Inn, Stock Lane, Berkeley

Ship Inn, Quay, Gloucester

Squirrel Inn, Southgate Street, Gloucester

Star Inn, Heathfield, Berkeley

Star Inn, Kingswood, Wotton under Edge

Star Inn, Pucklechurch

Stag Inn, Yorkley

Stonebench Inn, Stonebench, Elmore, Gloucester

Swan Inn, High Street, Berkeley

Swan Inn, Chipping Sodbury

Swan Inn, Pillowell

Swan Inn, Parish of West Dean (location unknown)

Swan Inn, Yate

Travellers Rest, Aylburton

Upper George Inn, High Street, Newnham on Severn

Wheatsheaf Inn, Ashleworth Quay

Wheatsheaf Inn, 132 High Street, Tewkesbury

White Hart, Maisemore

White Hart, Coombe, Wotton under Edge

White Horse, Buckover

White Horse, Cromhall

White Horse, Lydney

White Horse, Sandhurst, Gloucester

White Lion, Slimbridge

White Lion, Barton Street, Tewkesbury

White Lion Hotel, Long Street, Wotton under Edge

Wyndham Arms, The Cross, Clearwell

Yew Tree Inn, Stinchcombe

York Hotel, York Passage, Cheltenham

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