The brewery was founded in 1708 by Benjamin Wilson as an attachment to the Star Inn on the high street, then the main road to the City of London, and beside the River Rom. The brewery was purchased by Edward Ind in 1799, becoming part of Ind Smith and from 1845 the company was known as Ind Coope.
Romford railway station was opened to the south of the site in 1839 and was responsible for its considerable later expansion. By 1908, it had its own railway sidings and employed 450 workers; by 1970, it occupied 20 acres (81,000 m2) and had 1,000 workers. The brewery was closed in 1993 and demolished.
The site was redeveloped in 2001 as The Brewery shopping centre, with one of the 160 ft (50 m) chimneys incorporated into the design. Part of the site is used to house the Havering Museum.
- British History Online - Romford Economic History, (1978)
- Havering London Borough Council - Romford Area Action Plan. March 2006. (PDF)
- Havering London Borough Council - A history of Romford
- Havering London Borough Council - Romford Town Centre
- beer-pages - John Bull Bounces Back
- Brewery History Society, East London Brewery History, (2000)
- Romford Now & Then - Image of chimney