James Utley, a former miner and accountant for Barnsley Brewery, set up his own brewery at Moor Road, Wath-upon-Dearne, South Yorkshire, in 1865, to brew porter and ale.
Utley retired in 1881 and sold his company to Spedding Whitworth. In 1891 Whitworth, Son & Nephew Ltd. was registered as a limited liability company to take over the running of the brewery. The company built on the success of India Pale Ale and extended the range of drinks brewed.
Despite a disastrous fire in 1952, the brewery recovered and when taken over by John Smith’s Tadcaster Brewery Co. Ltd. in 1958, it had a network of 172 tied pubs. Production at the Wath Brewery was discontinued shortly after the takeover. The site of the brewery is now occupied by a Tesco supermarket.