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History

We’re extremely proud of our heritage as a family brewer and pub operator and, with over a century of expertise, see ourselves as the innovators in beer. The history of Wadworth from 1852 to present day is quite a journey...

1852
Birth of Henry A Wadworth (co-founder of Wadworth brewery)
Henry A Wadworth founded Wadworth Brewery
1875
1885
Wadworth outgrew its original brewery and thus moved to a new larger site – the present Northgate Brewery
John Smith Bartholomew bought a quarter share in Wadworth brewery for £6,000
1887
1914
Outbreak of World War I. Wadworth is one of the first suppliers to the Army Canteen Board, later re-names the Naafi
16th June: 6X was first brewed and has been brewed at Devizes ever since
1923
1939
World War II brought raw ingredient rationing resulting in 6X reducing from 6% abv to the 4.1% it is today
Old Timer brewed for the first time during the winter months and still a favourite warming winter ale
1961
2004
Prince Philip visits Wadworth brewery and takes the reins of the Shire horses to mark 30 years since their reintroduction
New Brewhouse opened
2008
2014
1.5m pints of Swordfish brewed
Wadworth appoints first non-family member as CEO
2015
2015
Wadworth acquired first pub in Surrey, The Mill Haslemere
Wadworth brewery invest £600,000 to move all aspects of the brewery onto one location, this marks the end of a four year investment plan
2016
2016
Relaunched beer brands with new branding and pump clips