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The Beginning

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1365

A place in Middlesex called “le Boundes” appears on ancient deeds from the Public Record Office – presumably after the families of John le Bonde and Walter le Bounde, who are mentioned in local records from the 13th Century.

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1814

On 17th October 1814, almost 1 and a half million litres of beer bursts out of a brewery in London and gush into the streets. At least 8 people drown.

(The spot where the brewery used to stand is now home to the Dominion Theatre)

(The spot where the brewery used to stand is now home to the Dominion Theatre)

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1830

Despite there clearly being significant risk of drowning in it, authorities decide that beer is “a more wholesome and temperate beverage” than gin, which is causing havoc in London. So the Beer Act is passed in 1830, which allows more people to sell beer.