Our History


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Guthrum divides the Kingdom of Deira and forms the equivalent of North Yorkshire (North Thryding), in which the market town of Masham is found.


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Nigel de Albini is bequeathed the ‘realm’ of Masham by William the Conqueror for helping defeat the English.


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The Domesday book mentions the village of Theakston, the namesake of the family.


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Roger de Mowbray succeeds his father Nigel de Albini and becomes a Knight.

12th Century

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Roger de Mowbray donates the living of the church in Masham to the church of St Peter in York. The journey from York to Masham is both arduous and dangerous, so the Bishop of York sets up the ‘Peculier Court of Masham’ to avoid having to make regular visits.


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Sir Richard Theakston of Theakston and Charterhouse is knighted and the Theakston coat of arms is created.


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Granting of the current (third)seal of the 'Peculier Court of Masham' by George III


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Robert Theakston, a farmer from the hamlet of Warthermarske, near Masham, takes the lease of the Black Bull inn in Masham in which he begins brewing ale.


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The beer act encourages the proliferation of ‘ale houses’ across the country enabling Robert to expand his brewing operation.


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Robert builds new brewhouse at the back of the Black Bull Inn to cope with the expanding demand for his ales.


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Robert buys Paradise fields, later to become site of the current Theakston brewhouse.


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Robert dies and the business is taken over by sons Thomas & Robert. The ‘new’ brewery is opened.


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Brothers Thomas & Robert register the business as T&R Theakston Ltd.


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Thomas’ sons, Robert, Edwin, and Francis go off to war leaving their sister Dora to run the brewery.


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After the war Robert, Edwin and Francis become directors of the company.


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Lightfoot Brewery, also located in Masham is acquired by T&R Theakston Ltd.


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Michael Theakston, great grandson (4th generation) of the founder joins the brewery.


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T&R Theakston aquire Carlisle State Management Brewery, the only state-owned brewery (nationalised by Lloyd George in 1917, to control the excessive drinking by the munitions workers of Carlisle).


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Simon Theakston, 5th generation and Michael’s son, joins the brewery.


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Matthew Brown plc, a Blackburn based brewing company succeeds in taking control of T&R Theakston Ltd.


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Three years later Scottish & Newcastle take over Matthew Brown, and T&R Theakston Ltd with it.


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Simon, together with his brothers Nick, Tim & Edward regain control of the brewery – the fifth generation of Theakston Brewers. Less than a year later Michael dies, content in the knowledge that the company was back ‘under old management’!


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With the completion of the new fermenting room, brewery production capacity is trebled.


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Following further expansion of brewing capacity and after a period of 35 years, brewing of all cask ales returns to Masham. Disused former Lightfoot Brewery buildings next to the White Bear are converted into a 14 bedroom hotel.


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The Theakston cask ale range is extended to 15, all brewed in Masham.


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Dramatic increase in export activity sees Old Peculier being sold across the globe including US, Brazil, New Zealand, Singapore and Western Europe to name but a few countries.