The Wiveliscombe Brewery was founded by William Hancock in 1807 and registered as William Hancock & Sons (Wiveliscombe) Ltd. in 1896. The Rowbarton Brewery in Taunton was founded in 1876 and registered in 1898 as S. W. Arnold & Sons Ltd. The two companies merged in 1927 to from Arnold & Hancock Ltd and were taken over by Ushers Wiltshire brewery Ltd in 1955. The Taunton brewery closed in 1955 and the Wiveliscombe brewery in 1959. Hancock appear to have had a controlling interest in the merged company as the labels eventually followed their original design. The order of the towns on the label seems to indicate where brewing took place. Unfortunately we currently have no examples of labels from the original breweries to add.