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The Diamond Brewery

This brewery is believed to have been built by Henry  Worthington, a member of a prominent Dover family. He built  it close to Maxton Manor, on Folkestone Road, after he had  bought the property in 1849. When Henry died in 1866 the  brewery and all of the Maxton Estate were left in trust to his  brothers-in-law, to pay a yearly rent equally to his two  daughters while they remained unmarried. One daughter died  in 1883 , the other married in 1885, and in July 1885 the  property was auctioned. The Diamond Brewery was purchased by John James Allen,  who sold it to Stanley Single in 1889, who in turn sold it to  Edwin Dawes in 1891. In 1898 Dawes sold it to Thomas Philips  & Co. Ltd., this firm going bankrupt in December 1907. The  company and its assets were sold off and the brewery was  purchased by Alfred Leney & Co. in 1908.   Leney & Co. used the site as a depot, with parts sold off  gradually over the years. In the early 1960s when Leney’s  original Phoenix Brewery finally closed, the old malt-house on  the Diamond Brewery site, between Maxton Road and Manor  Road, was used as a distribution depot.
Diamond Brewery c.1894. This photo appeared in the Dover Standard on 29 August 1894. The large building on the left is Maxton Manor. Back to Businesses Index The Diamond Brewery. The brewery marked (in brown) on a map of 1908.