Greene King’s Brewery

  • Theme - Local Industry
  • Year - 1929
  • Location - Bury St Edmunds
  • Filmmaker - unknown


This promotional film, made in 1929 for Suffolk brewer, Greene King, offers a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the firm’s brewery in Bury St. Edmunds. Various aspects of production are caught on camera, including the filling and storing of barrels and the workings of the automated bottling plant. Bottles are packed into crates by hand and loaded onto Greene King lorries.

Greene King have always been proud of looking after their workforce. In the 1920's, they provided a company swimming pool alongside hosting staff cricket matches in the local ‘Victory’ Memorial Sports Ground. At the time that this film was made, the company employed women to work in their soft drinks production plant. A Greene King pension scheme was established for employees early on in the business’s history.

Founded in 1887, Greene King was the result of an amalgamation between two independent companies – the old Wright’s brewery, owned by Edmund Greene and the St Edmund’s Brewery, owned by Frederick King. The partner company was originally known as Greene, King & Sons and quickly established a regional reputation for producing fine beers. Greene King’s selection has increased over the years, but today their most popular beers are still Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale and the Greene King IPA. The brewery is also known for its seasonal ales and for other beers such as Ruddles County, St Edmund’s, and Olde Trip.

During the last 125 years the Greene King company has grown from a small brewery into a huge, world-renowned corporation. Today the company is involved not only in brewing, but in retail and the running and promotion of its numerous public houses.


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