Spencer’s Brewery at the Marquis of Granby, Leeds

My wife’s late grandfather, Albert Spencer, assisted his father with the brewing at the original Marquis of Granby in Leeds. I am grateful to http://www.leodis.net/ from which I have established that the Marquis was located at the corner of Lady Lane and St Peter’s Street (Leodis quotes its address as, variously, 56 St Peter’s Street or 56 Lady Lane) and had been rebuilt in 1897.  The brewhouse supplied the inn with its own ale, and closed in 1931. The pub closed on 9th February 1933 and, together with the brewhouse, was demolished shortly afterwards for road-widening. A new Marquis of Granby was built in Eastgate and opened the day after the old inn closed – on 10th February 1933; this was closed in 1984.

The first photo shows the Lady Lane frontage of the pub, circa 1920.

The first view is of the Lady Lane frontage of the pub, circa 1920. Leodis notes that “a large barrel is suspended above the tiled facade, while a sign surrounding the building states, the establishment to be, ‘Brewers and Whiskey Merchants, Wine and Spirit Importers and Bonders’. Products advertised include Martell’s brandy and Bass ales”.

St Peters Street

The second is the side view (St Peter’s Street) with Middleton Passage through the round arch in the terrace of house, centre of shot (23rd April 1914).

 Marquis of Granby brewhouse, Leeds

Marquis of Granby brewhouse, Leeds

Third and fourth photos are the important ones – views of the back of the pub from Middleton (or “Middleston’s”) Passage, showing the brewhouse.

 The photos are from the Leodis site and out of copyright; better quality prints can be ordered from that site, where further archive photos of this and other breweries/pubs are to be found. Hope some of you found this of interest. – Mike

3 Responses to “Spencer’s Brewery at the Marquis of Granby, Leeds”

  1. Jeff Sechiari says:

    Mike also added the following comment:
    By the way, Albert’s father John Spencer was also proprietor of the Waterloo pub in Leeds city centre, and the Waterloo Brewery with premises in Kidacre Street, Hunslet Lane and 69 East Street (page 44, “Where Have All The Breweries Gone?” by Norman Barber). Investigations continue…

  2. Don Hopkins says:

    My Mother was Joan Spencer Granddaughter of John Spencer. Her father was also named John Spencer I believe his brother was Albert making her Albert’s niece. Mother has been dead these past few years so cannot gain further info from her. There were also a couple of divorces and remarriages which upset the applecart re: the history. Some of my earliest memories were of us passing the Marquis of Granby and been told it was the family pub. The Waterloo was also mentioned but I cannot find any reference to this pub. Mother told us tales of visiting the old brewery as a child which was a rickety old place and frightening to her.
    I am planning to return to England for a visit and would appreciate any further info on where to locate these sites to add some focus for the visit.

  3. Mike Andrew says:

    Sorry to say, Don, I overlooked your comment at the time but better late than never? If you would like to contact me for further details,my email is gu98na@yahoo.co.uk
    – MIke

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