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Thursday 13 January, 2000

Mansfield Brewery.

W&DB Launch Compulsory Acquisition Procedure

Mansfield Brewery PLC
13 January 2000


NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN OR INTO THE
   UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA OR JAPAN


         THE WOLVERHAMPTON & DUDLEY BREWERIES, PLC
                         ('W&DB')
                             
      COMPULSORY ACQUISITION PROCEDURE IN RESPECT OF
                             
                   MANSFIELD BREWERY PLC
                       ('MANSFIELD')


As  announced  on  5  January 2000,  valid  acceptances  in
respect  of  the Offer for Mansfield have been received  in
respect of more than 90 per cent. in value of the Mansfield
Shares  to  which  the  Offer relates.   Accordingly,  W&DB
(Finance) PLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of W&DB, is  today
posting formal notices to those Mansfield Shareholders  who
have not yet accepted the Offer informing them that it will
compulsorily  acquire  their  Mansfield  Shares  under  the
provisions  of  sections 428 to 430F of the  Companies  Act
1985.   In  the  meantime,  the  Offer  remains  open   for
acceptance.


Enquiries:

W&DB                          Telephone:     01902 711 811
David Thompson
Ralph Findlay

Rothschild                    Telephone:     0171  280 5000
Crispin Wright
Avi Goldberg

Hudson Sandler                Telephone:     0171  796 4133
Keith Hann
Andrew Hayes

                                                      
The  definitions  set out in the offer  document  dated  19
November 1999 apply to this announcement.

N  M  Rothschild & Sons Limited, which is regulated in  the
United  Kingdom  by  The Securities and  Futures  Authority
Limited, is acting for W&DB (Finance) PLC and W&DB  and  no
one  else  in  connection with the Offer and  will  not  be
responsible  to  anyone other than W&DB (Finance)  PLC  and
W&DB for providing the protections afforded to customers of
N  M Rothschild & Sons Limited nor for providing advice  in
relation to the Offer or the procedures under sections  429
to 430F of the Companies Act 1985.



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