Head, Jopling and Co

The partnership of Head, Jopling & Co was established in the second half of the 1790s by Thomas Head, Thomas Jopling, William Vazie, George Wakefield, Edward Ferrand, Auberon Surtees and David Hogarth.

It was in all probability this partnership that founded the Coldstream Brewery.

The partnership was restructured at least twice, and had been dissolved by 1819, by which time the business had been taken on by Thomas Jopling & Co.

Location: Coldstream

Active: 1790s - 1810s

Status: Dissolved

Breweries and other buildings

The Coldstream Brewery was founded in the second half of the 1790s and was offered for sale following Thomas Jopling's death in 1846.

The brewery consisted of "an attractive group of 1- and 2- storey rubble buildings around a courtyard", parts of which survive today as housing.


Map of 1819 showing the Coldstream Brewery
Map of 1819 showing the Coldstream Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2015


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Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

Donnachie, I. A history of the brewing industry in Scotland. Edinburgh: John Donald Publishers, 1979.

Hume, J. R. The industrial archaeology of Scotland, 1: The Lowlands and Borders. London: B. T. Batsford, 1976.