Badgerline was a bus operator in and around Bristol from 1985 until 2003. Its headquarters were in Weston-super-Mare. A part of the Bristol Omnibus Company, it was privatised in September 1986 being sold to Badgerline Holdings in a management buyout, it went on to purchase a number of bus companies in Wales. In November 1993, Badgerline Group was listed on the stock exchange, on 16 June 1995 merged with the GRT Group to form FirstBus. In 2018, Badgerline was reintroduced as the name for First West of England's bus services in Weston-super-Mare; the Bristol Tramways Company started operating buses in 1906 to feed traffic into their tram services from beyond the boundaries of the city of Bristol. In 1910 a branch was opened in Weston-super-Mare where the company's first bus station was opened on the sea front in the 1930s. Others were built after World War II at Wells and Bristol; the company changed its name to the Bristol Omnibus Company in 1957 as it no longer operated trams, but by it was owned by the British Transport Commission and so became a subsidiary of the National Bus Company on 1 January 1969.
In the 1980s the NBC split its subsidiaries into smaller operating units. Bristol Omnibus established a separate operating unit for its services outside Bristol in September 1983 and introduced three distinct brands in April 1985, with operations in Somerset and the Avon outside the city of Bristol becoming Badgerline. Badgerline was established as a company in its own right and sold to a group of its managers and staff on 23 September 1986; this was the second bus-operating NBC subsidiary. Northern Counties Palatine bodied Leyland Olympian & Badgerline Bristol VR in May 2011]] In December 1986, six of the company's managers and 90 other staff formed Badgerline Holdings as a limited company to purchase Badgerline from NBC. Employees held 95% of Badgerline's share capital, it went on to buy two travel agencies, Roman City of Bath, NBC subsidiary National Travelworld. On 7 August 1987 Western National, which operated in Plymouth and Cornwall, was sold by NBC to Plympton Coachlines with Badgerline Holdings having an initial 39% shareholding, increased to 66% in August 1988.
In April 1988, Badgerline Holdings purchased Midland Red West Holdings, another ex-NBC employee buy-out that had purchased Bristol Omnibus in September 1987, continued to operate city services in Bristol. Because of this the company was referred to the Monopolies & Mergers Commission who reported in March 1989 on concerns regarding the ownership by a single company of the two principal bus operators in Avon. Ensuing discussions led to the company giving two undertakings: it would not seek to re-register any services, lost tenders for subsidised routes would be done and scrutinised by an auditor; the company created three subsidiaries in 1987 in an attempt to expand into new operating areas, none of which lasted more than a year. It sold its share in Red Admiral to Southampton Citybus but their operations in Poole and Salisbury lost £962,000. Badgerline South operated 21 Iveco and 12 Ford Transit minibuses in Salisbury. Badger Vectis operated in Bournemouth and Poole as a joint venture with Southern Vectis using 7 Iveco minibuses and 16 single deck buses Bristol REs.
Red Admiral operated in Portsmouth as a joint venture with Southampton Citybus. The company expanded into South Wales and Essex and floated on the stock exchange as the Badgerline Group in November 1993, followed by acquisition of Potteries Motor Traction and Yorkshire Rider in 1994. Badgerline Group had unsuccessfully promoted guided buses and articulated buses as solutions to Bristol's transport problems in the 1990s; the Badgerline Group merged with GRT Group to form FirstBus on 16 June 1995. Badgerline Group contributed 4,000 buses to the new company's fleet of 5,600; the operating subsidiaries transferred to FirstBus were: Badgerline Buses Bristol Omnibus Company Eastern National Frontline Enterprises Midland Red West Potteries Motor Traction South Wales Transport Thamesway Buses Wessex Coaches Western National Yorkshire RiderOn 16 June 1995, Badgerline Buses became a subsidiary of the new FirstBus. In 1996, Badgerline, as part of First Group, was merged back into Bristol Omnibus, although Badgerline was retained as a trading name.
In July 1997 the Streamline operation in Bath was purchased by FirstGroup and merged with Badgerline, although the Streamline name was retained for a while. It had expanded into minibus services. At the time of takeover it had 20 buses. Bristol Omnibus was renamed First Bristol in 1999 but Badgerline was managed independently again from 2000. First Somerset & Avon was created on 30 May 2003 to combine the operations of both Badgerline and Southern National under the First brand. In April 2017, following a reorganisation, First Somerset & Avon was combined with First Bristol to become First West of England. In August 2018 First West of England relaunched their services in Weston-super-Mare as Badgerline, together with a new logo and take on the classic Badgerline livery; this followed the closure of Weston-super-Mare based Crossville Motor Services in April 2018. All 16 buses allocated to the depot for town services were repainted. Badgerline's headquarters were in Weston-super-Mare. Bus services extended as far as Chippenham, Gloucester, Salisbury and Yeovil but it operated National Express services to destinations such as London.
Vehicles were maintained at four depots: Bath, Bristol and Weston-super-Mare. The allocations on 1 January 1986 and 30 November 1989 were: The first years of operation
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in the United Kingdom by the Collins Crime Club in September 1934 and in the United States by Dodd and Company in 1935 under the title of The Boomerang Clue. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence and the US edition at $2.00. Bobby Jones finds a man dying at his local golf course. A photo he saw in the man's pocket is replaced. Bobby and his friend Lady Frances Derwent have adventures as they solve the mystery of the man's last words, Why didn't they ask Evans? The novel was praised at first publication as "a story that tickles and tantalises", that the reader is sure to like the amateur detectives and forgive the absence of Poirot, it had a lively narrative, full of action, with two amateur detectives who "blend charm and irresponsibility with shrewdness and good luck". Robert Barnard, writing in 1990, called it "Lively" but compared it to Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies and felt that the detectives were too much the amateurs.
Bobby Jones is playing golf with Dr Thomas in the Welsh seaside town of Marchbolt. Seeking the golf ball he hit over the cliff edge, he sees a man lying below; the doctor seeks help. Bobby stays with the man, who regains consciousness, says "Why didn't they ask Evans?", dies. Bobby no identification. Roger Bassington-ffrench, a stranger wearing plus fours, offers to stay with the body so Bobby can play the organ at his father's church; the dead man is identified as Alex Pritchard by Amelia Cayman, at the inquest. She is said to be the woman in the photograph. After the inquest, Mrs Cayman and her husband want to know. Bobby says; when talking with his friend Frankie, Bobby remembers that Pritchard did have last words and writes to the Caymans to tell them. Bobby rejects an unexpected job offer from a firm in Buenos Aires. Soon afterwards Bobby nearly dies after drinking from a poisoned bottle of beer; the local police do not pursue this. Frankie thinks. Bobby agrees when he sees the issue of the local paper with the photograph used to find Pritchard's sister.
Bobby sees. He and Frankie realise that Bassington-ffrench swapped the photographs and that Mrs Cayman is not related to the dead man at all. Bobby and Frankie search for Bassington-ffrench, they trace him to Merroway Court in Hampshire, owned by Roger's brother and sister-in-law and Sylvia. They stage a car accident outside the house with the help of a doctor friend so that Frankie, feigning injury, will be invited to stay to recover. Frankie produces a newspaper cutting about the mysterious dead man. Frankie meets his younger wife, Moira. Dr Nicholson runs a local sanatorium. Frankie gets Bobby to investigate the establishment. On the grounds at night, Bobby encounters a girl. Several days Moira Nicholson turns up at the local inn where Bobby stays in his disguise as Frankie's chauffeur, she says her husband is trying to kill her and says she knew Alan Carstairs before her marriage to the doctor. Bobby introduces her to Frankie. Moira suggests they ask Roger. Roger admits that he took the photo, wanting to avoid scandal for her.
Frankie leaves after Henry is found dead in an apparent suicide. Interested in the will of the late John Savage, Frankie consults her family's solicitor in London and learns that Carstairs consulted him too. Savage was staying with Mr and Mrs Templeton when he became convinced he had cancer, although one specialist told him he was well; when he died by suicide, his will left seven hundred thousand pounds to the Templetons, who have since left England. Carstairs was on their trail. Bobby is kidnapped and Frankie is lured to the same isolated cottage by Roger, they manage to turn the tables on him with the timely arrival of Badger Beadon and find a drugged Moira in the house. When the police arrive, Roger has escaped. Bobby and Frankie trace the witnesses to the signing of John Savage's will, they are the former gardener of Mr and Mrs Templeton. Mr Templeton is known as Mr Leo Cayman; the cook says that Gladys, the parlourmaid, was not asked to witness the will, made the night before Savage died. Frankie realises that the cook and gardener did not see Mr Savage before the signing, while the parlourmaid did and would have realised that it was Roger in the "deathbed" who wrote the will and not Mr Savage.
The parlourmaid is Gladys Evans, hence the reason for Carstairs' question, "Why didn't they ask Evans?" Tracing the parlourmaid, they discover. Carstairs was trying to find her. Returning to Wales, they find Moira, who claims she is being followed by Roger and has come to them for help. Frankie spoils Moira's attempt to poison their coffee. Moira is Roger's co-conspirator. Moira attempts to shoot Frankie and Bobby in the café when she is exposed, but is overpowered and arrested. Several weeks Frankie receives a letter from Roger, posted
Badger's Island is located in the Piscataqua River at Kittery, directly opposite Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It carries U. S. Route 1 between the states, connecting to the Kittery mainland by the Badger's Island Bridge, to New Hampshire by the Memorial Bridge. Now a suburb of Portsmouth, the island features houses, condominiums and marinas. Prior to the Civil War, Badger's Island was famous for shipbuilding. Eastern white pine for masts, together with lumber for hulls, arrived down the Piscataqua River from inland forests. Only two tenths of a mile from Portsmouth's busy wharves, the island's gradual slope into the deep channel between was ideal for launching vessels. First called Rising Castle Island, it changed to Langdon's Island when John Langdon established his shipyard; the first U. S. Navy ships commissioned by the Continental Congress were built here by master shipbuilder James Hackett, including USS Ranger in 1777. One of his apprentices working on Ranger was William Badger. Acquiring 3 acres on the island in 1797, he would dominate its shipbuilding until his death in 1830, launching more than 100 ships, including naval vessels, merchant vessels and privateers.
The region produced many fine shipbuilders, including his nephew Samuel Badger, but William Badger, called Master Badger, is best known. He is buried on the island. In 1837, Frederick Fernald purchased Badger's shipyard. In 1844, he joined William Pettigrew to establish Fernald & Pettigrew, which would produce some 30 ships. Among their output was a series of clipper ships, including the Typhoon. Launched in 1851, Typhoon set a sailing record to England -- 13 days, 10 hours dock to dock. Known as the "Portsmouth Flyer," it was the largest merchant ship yet seen in that port, but Badger's Island would lose its importance as a shipbuilding center. The industry shifted downriver to Fernald's Island, home since 1800 to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. U. S. Navy vessels built on Badger's Island: 1776 — Raleigh - —depicted on the Seal of New Hampshire 1777 — Ranger - —commanded by John Paul Jones 1782 — America - —presented by Congress to Louis XVI of France 1791 — Scammel - —one of the first ten revenue service cutters 1797 — Crescent - —a tribute vessel for Algiers 1798 — Portsmouth - —funded by the citizens of Portsmouth 1799 — Congress - —fought in the War of 1812Clipper Ships built by Fernald & Pettigrew: 1851 -- Typhoon, 1,611 tons 1852 -- Red Rover, 1,021 tons 1852 -- Young Australia, 766 tons 1853 -- Water Witch, 1,204 tons 1853 -- Dashing Wave, 1180 tons 1854 -- Express, 1073 tons 1854 -- Midnight, 962 tons 1855 -- Noonday, 1189 tons Badger's Island became a terminus for the Kittery, a ferry which delivered passengers across the swift Piscataqua River from Portsmouth to the landing and waiting room of the Portsmouth, Kittery & York Street Railway.
Beginning in 1897, the company ran streetcars through Kittery Point and across the salt marshes of Brave Boat Harbor to York Harbor and York Beach, the summer resort. In November 1901, it became part of the Portsmouth and York Street Railway; the trolley line remained in service until 1923 when the Memorial Bridge opened, the first bridge spanning the river without a toll. The section of Route 1 across the Badger's Island Bridge to Kittery's John Paul Jones Memorial Park, with its Sailors' and Soldiers' Monument by Bashka Paeff, was a City Beautiful plan to complement the Memorial Bridge. List of Maine railroads List of islands of Maine The Portsmouth Athenæum, which preserves the portrait and half models of William Badger and other local shipbuilders Alden, John. "Portsmouth Naval Shipyard". United States Naval Institute Proceedings. Kittery Historical & Naval Museum
British Rail Class 89
The Class 89 was a prototype design for an electric locomotive. Only one was built by British Rail Engineering Limited's Crewe Works, it was used on test-trains on both East Coast Main Lines. It was developed over 6,000 bhp, it was given the nickname Aardvark although railfans used to call it The Badger owing to its slanted front ends. The Class 89 locomotive was designed by Brush Traction, Loughborough to meet a specification issued by British Rail, which subsequently changed the requirements, but not before Brush had committed to build the prototype locomotive; the locomotive had six DC traction motors. The main armature current for all the motors is fed from a common thyristor drive, whilst each motor has an independent field current controller; the field current controllers comprised a two quadrant chopper inside a thyristor bridge. The bipolar transistor based choppers provides a fast fine control of motor torque for electric braking and slip control, whilst the thyristor bridge is used to invert the field current polarity.
The locomotive was built at British Rail Engineering Limited's Crewe Works, between 1985–87, emerging and being delivered to Derby Litchurch Lane Works on 2 October 1986. The Class 89 was transferred by road to Brush Traction at Loughborough, for static testing and commissioning, it was delivered in the old-style InterCity Executive livery, with no British Rail double arrows, but these were added when British Rail bought the locomotive from Brush. The locomotive's first powered working was on 9 February 1987, its first lone run was on 20 February 1987. In April 1987, 89001 visited the Old Dalby Test Track for evaluation; the locomotive was allocated to Crewe Electric depot, for trials along the West Coast Main Line. Following the successful testing, 89001 was transferred to Hornsey, to Bounds Green, for passenger services on the East Coast Main Line. In May 1988, the locomotive returned to Old Dalby for braking trials. During the early summer of 1988, the International Traffic and Transport Exhibition was held in Hamburg, Germany.
British Rail was asked to participate and sent a representative train of rolling stock to the exhibition. On 22 May 1988, 89001 along with a Class 90, Class 91 and a two car Class 150/2 unit left for Hamburg, returning on 17 June 1988. After being used as a test bed, the locomotive was used on passenger trains from London King's Cross to Leeds; as the development of the ECML Electrification continued the engine was painted into the new style InterCity Swallow livery and named Avocet, in recognition of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on 16 January 1989 at King's Cross station. After the ceremony, the locomotive hauled a special train conveying the RSPB president Magnus Magnusson, along with other VIPs, to Sandy. Passenger use continued on the ECML until 5 March 1989, a week before the Class 91s entered service on the diagrams. All hope and opportunity ended, when 89001 suffered a serious failure and was withdrawn from traffic in July 1992; when 89001 failed, it was still owned by British Rail, Brush had no contractual obligation with regard to it.
Additionally, having no orders from BR for their design investment, there was little incentive for Brush to construct spare parts for it. BR had written off the locomotive as part of the ECML development and thus it was seen as a surplus and nil value asset; as such, the locomotive was sidelined. It was saved for preservation at the Midland Railway Centre by a group of Brush Traction employees. During this time the locomotive appeared at every major British Rail depot open day, in a deteriorating Intercity Swallow livery, it was hoped that the Class 89 design would be used for electric locomotives for the Channel Tunnel, some investigation was undertaken. It was hoped the Class 89 would be a viable Class 86 replacement, however an upgraded version of the Class 87 was ordered as the Class 90 instead. Only technology and ideas from 89001's internal design were used in the Class 9 Eurotunnel locomotives and some similarity in electronics lives on today in the Class 92 locomotive design. Brush did win the contracts to build Channel Tunnel locomotives, the similarities between these and 89001 enabled suitable spares to be constructed.
In 1996, the InterCity East Coast franchise was won by the Great North Eastern Railway. Suffering from a motive power shortage, it purchased 89001 and repaired it for use on London to Leeds and Bradford services, investing £100 000 in an overhaul, it was re-painted in the GNER blue and orange livery. The locomotive returned to service in March 1997. However, in 2001, the locomotive was withdrawn from traffic, its future was again in doubt, it was laid up for a period at Doncaster Works. In December 2004, the locomotive was moved into the care of the AC Locomotive Group at Barrow Hill Engine Shed for secure storage. With the overhaul of the Class 91 fleet complete, plus the availability of Class 373 trains for lease, 89001 was seen as a one-off asset with little economic value. In October 2006, GNER put 89001 up for sale with a six-week deadline for bids; the AC Locomotive Group launched an appeal and fundraising effort to save the locomotive, successful, purchasing the locomotive in December 2006.
The locomotive is complete although a number of major components require expensive overhaul before the loco could run on the main line again. A thorough survey has been undertaken to establish what is required, costs drawn up. Cosmetic work in 2007 saw the loco return to its original InterCity Executive colour scheme. Elec
Badger Books was an imprint used by the British publisher John Spencer & Co. between 1960 and 1967. Badger Books were published in a number of genres, predominantly war, romance and science fiction; the best-known author of Badger Books is Lionel Fanthorpe, who wrote a large proportion of the supernatural and science fiction titles. "John Spencer" was the pseudonym of Samuel Assael, who set up his London-based publishing company in 1947. Spencer's output consisted of pulp magazines in the science fiction genre. However, with the decline of the pulp magazine and rise of the paperback, Spencer switched to paperback publishing in the mid-1950s, he used a number of imprints, including "John Spencer", "Cobra" and "Badger", but the last of these has become the best known. The Badger Books imprint was discontinued in 1967 although Spencer continued to produce a small number of books until the late 1970s. In common with other "pulp" or mass-market publishers of the time, Badger Books focused on quantity rather than quality.
A new title in each of the major genres appeared each month written to tight deadlines by low-paid authors. One of the most remarkable facts about Badger Books is that much of its outputs was produced by just two authors: John Glasby and Lionel Fanthorpe; the company was based at Hammersmith. It ran on a shoestring with Mr Assael overseeing everything; the accounts were overseen by Assaels partner Maurice Nahum. Employees numbered only three, all young men. One worked in the office with the other two packed books. David Andersen worked for this company between 1961 and 1963 in the office with Maurice Nahum; the bulk of Badger Books' output fell into five genres as follows: Westerns, published as "Lariat Westerns" and "Blazing Westerns". Many of these novels appeared under the house name "Chuck Adams", used by John Glasby and others. At least two of the Chuck Adams books, several of the other western titles, were written by E. C. Tubb, who became better known as a science fiction author. War stories.
Set during the Second World War, most of these novels were written by John Glasby using a wide range of pseudonyms. Romance novels; the bulk of these were written by John Glasby under the pseudonym of D. K. Jennings. Supernatural tales. Most of these books were written by Lionel Fanthorpe under a variety of pseudonyms. Unlike the other series, the SN books started out as anthologies of short stories. Novels started to appear as "Supernatural Specials" with issues 29, 32 and 35, all the even-numbered issues from SN-40 onwards. Science Fiction. Like the SN series, the SF books were written by Lionel Fanthorpe, with a few contributions by John Glasby and others. Several of these books appeared under the house name of "John E. Muller", used by both Fanthorpe and Glasby. In addition to these five main genres, there were several other short-lived series such as Crime stories and Spy stories; the latter books, dating from 1965 to 1967, were intended to "cash-in" on the then-current James Bond craze. All six of the Spy books were written by John Glasby under the pseudonym of Manning K. Robertson.
Michael, Ashley. A Complete Index and Annotated Commentary to the John Spencer Fantasy Publications. Wallsend, England: Cosmos Literary Agency. OCLC 270863025. Peter Haining; the classic era of American pulp magazines. Chicago Review Press. P. 191. John Spencer & Co. Internet Speculative Fiction Database Wiki John Spencer, philsp.com
The Badger is a fictional character, a superhero in American comic books publisher by the short-lived Capital Comics company and First Comics. He was created by writer Mike Baron in 1983 and published through the early 1990s in a titular series that ended when First Comics ceased all publications. Since the ongoing series ended in 1991, new Badger titles have been released through Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics and IDW Publishing; the first four issues of Badger were published by Capital Comics, beginning in 1983. Capital ceased publishing in 1984, in 1985 Baron took his creation to First Comics to be illustrated by artist Bill Reinhold. First reprinted the first four issues, published monthly issues of Badger, including the Hexbreaker graphic novel in 1988. A spin-off 4-issue miniseries ran concurrently with the regular series in 1989, called Badger Goes Berserk, which explored Norbert's childhood and his abuse at the hands of his stepfather and stepbrother, now white supremacists who he encountered again in the mini-series.
Badger sometimes guest-starred in Mike Baron's other series, the space opera Nexus, which took place in the future. Badger would imagine these episodes to be psychotic hallucinations, which he took in stride as being no more bizarre than the rest of his life. In 1991, First Comics published Badger Bedlam, a one-shot "First Publishing Deluxe-Format Special" by Baron and Ken Branch, but went bankrupt and the series ended with #70. Badger featured in First's 5-issue Crossroads series. In 1994, Dark Horse Comics published two miniseries featuring different versions of the Badger's origin: the four-issue Badger: Shattered Mirror, a "serious" take on the Badger's origin, the two-issue Badger: Zen Pop Funny-Animal Version; these were deliberately written to be mutually exclusive. In 1997, Image Comics began publishing a black and white fourth Badger series, whose narrative connection to the previous versions was not clear; this series ran for eleven issues. The series returned November 2007; this consists of a reprint series of trade paperbacks of old issues, as well two new Badger stories: a one shot, Badger: Bull, followed by a new mini-series, Badger Saves the World which started in December 2007.
Artists who worked on Badger in its 1980s run included Jeff Butler, Steven Butler, Bill Reinhold, Chas Truog, Jackson Guice, Mike Mignola and Ron Lim. Badger was set in Madison, where Capital Comics was situated; the lead character was Norbert Sykes, a Vietnam war veteran suffering from multiple personality disorder. "The Badger", an urban vigilante who could talk to animals, was just one of his personalities. Bizarrely, he would call people "Larry", it was revealed that "Larry" was the name of his father who left his mother when Norbert was five, his mother remarried Rollin Sykes. After escaping from a mental institution, Norbert met a 5th-century Druid named Ham, who had just awakened from an 800-year coma. Ham took the Badger in as a boarder in his castle in return for the Badger's bodyguard services. Other characters included Norbert's caseworker Daisy, Vietnamese martial arts expert Mavis, Lord Weterlackus, a demon who empowered Ham until they had a falling-out. Prior to his coma, Ham would sacrifice children in his castle in Wales, but after his resurrection he would sacrifice animals or computer files.
Ham would generate wealth for himself. Norbert Sykes: This is his legal identity; the Badger: A martial arts expert costumed vigilante dispensing bare-fisted justice to bullies and aggressors of the innocent, but according to his own warped perceptions. He defends animals or environmental causes. Emily: 9-year-old girl. Related to childhood abuse at the hands of Sykes' stepfather Rollin Sykes. Pierre: Homicidal personality who speaks with a French accent. First appeared. Leroy: A dog. Sykes had a dog named Leroy. Gastineau Grover Depaul: Inner city African American. Max Swell: Architect. Early on, Max was written as a modern epicurean and sophisticated playboy, but appeared to morph into a stereotypical gay man in the series; the various comics are collected as trade paperbacks published by IDW Publishing: The Complete Badger: Volume 1 Volume 2 Volume 3 Volume 4 Badger Saves the World Badger at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on February 22, 2018; the Badger Universe, at the International Catalogue of Superheroes
Hall & Woodhouse
Hall and Woodhouse is a British regional brewery founded in 1777 by Charles Hall in Blandford Forum, England. The company operates over 250 public houses in the south of England, brews under the name Badger Brewery; the brewery traces its roots to 1777, when Charles Hall founded the Ansty Brewery in Dorset. The Hall & Woodhouse partnership dates from 1847, when Charles' son and successor went into business with George Woodhouse. In 1875, the firm's logo of a Badger was first introduced, in 1900, when a new brewery was built to replace the original, it was named after the logo; the logo has evolved over the years. The firm remains a family firm. In 1991 the brewpub Gribble Inn in Oving, West Sussex was acquired. Though it was sold back to the landlord in 2005, Hall & Woodhouse retained the rights to the brand name Fursty Ferret, the brewpub's most well-known beer. In 2000 the King and Barnes brewery business in Horsham was acquired. Hall & Woodhouse retained the King and Barnes chain of pubs and the rights to the brand names of the King and Barnes beers, but the brewery premises were sold.
Blandford Fly is a 5.2% dark bottled ale flavoured with ginger and spices. Cranborne Poacher (formerly Poacher's Choice is a strong bottled dark ale with an edge of liquorice. Fursty Ferret is an amber ale, 4.1% as a cask ale, 4.4% as a filtered beer in bottles and cans. Brewed at the Gribble Inn, bought by Hall & Woodhouse in 1991; the pub was sold back to the landlord in 2005, with Hall & Woodhouse retaining the rights to the brand name Fursty Ferret. Golden Champion is a 4.5% pale ale with an aroma of elderflower. Hopping Hare is a 4.4% abv light coloured pale ale made from a mix of American Amarillo, Cascade hops and English Flagon barley. Tanglefoot is a golden ale, 4.7% as a cask ale, 5% as a filtered beer in bottles and cans. It is made from a mix of English Flagon barley and Challenger hops, with a pear drop taste. According to a story presently written on the bottle, it was given its name when the Head Brewer drank "several tankards" and "fell on" a name for the beer; the cask version is available in the south of England, a pasteurised version is available in bottles and cans in supermarkets nationally.
Wicked Wyvern is a 5.5% pale ale with an aroma of grapefruit. Badger Original - was a 3.8% ale. Daring Diver - Was a 4.7% amber beer with a biscuit malt base. Firkin Fox - was a 4.6% auburn ale with citrus floral hops. First Call - was a 4.0% dark ale with orange and spices. Golden Glory - was 4.5 % a premium ale with a melon flavour. Harvester - was a 2.5% ale. Leaping Legend - was a 4.8% golden ale with grapefruit hops. Long Days - was a 4.5% ale. Old Ansty Pumpkin Ale - was a 4.6% ale. Wandering Woodwose - was a strong 8.0% ale. Wild Wader - was a 4.2 % refreshing hop with a malty finish. Brewer's Bee - was a honey beer, it was available in Summer 2013. Hopeful Hop - was a single hop ale made with a citrus aroma, it was available in Autumn 2013. Twilight Tawny - It was available in Autumn 2014. Ruby Rustler - It was available in Winter 2014; the company markets soft drinks known as Rio which are canned drinks made from fruit juices and sparkling spring water. Hall and Woodhouse used to manufacture Panda Pops, but sold the brand to Nichols plc in 2005.
A Taste of Life, David Boag and Nick Wilcox-Brown and Woodhouse, ASIN B000UTOJCG Hall & Woodhouse's official website