Wine has always been an integral part of the Hayward family. Along with their father, brothers Albert and Edwin Hayward had already been working in the trade for many years when in 1932 they decided to open their own wine shipping company.
In 1941 following the death of his brother and the complete blitz of the original offices in Cannon Street, Albert Hayward, not one to give up easily, relocated the company to Joiner Street near London Bridge Railway Station. It was here that wine imported from France in casks (including iconic first growths such as Chateau Margaux) were bottled, wrapped and distributed nationally.
Due to re-development of the London Bridge Railway Station, Hayward Bros moved a short distance to our current offices and cellars in Willow Walk. Taking over part of what was the Crosse & Blackwell factory, the old butchery was an ideal bottling hall and presented optimum conditions for storing wines. Today the bottling of wine at our premises is unnecessary and in place we store wine for immediate delivery as well as longer term.
As the industry and marketplace have changed we have evolved to ensure that our clients’ needs continue to be met. Our depth and breadth of expertise and industry contacts have grown with each generation, and now, four generations on, Robert Hayward leads an experienced team (including his father Brandon) that is not only knowledgeable about Bordeaux En Primeur but also has proven success in sourcing innovative brands from across the world.
Albert Robert Hayward, 1950
Hayward Bros Staff 1950
Cask being prepared for bottling
Wrapping bottles prior to packaging in returnable wooden cases
Hogsheads awaiting bottling. Note cellars were lit by gas lamps throughout.
1972 Directors (from left to right) Brandon Hayward, Roy Hayward, Angus Andrews & David Barrows
Autumn 1939 price list page 5 clarets in bottle lying duty paid