Archive for the ‘Brewery remains’ Category

‘Built to Brew’ by Lynn Pearson, published by English Heritage

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Architectural historian and BHS member, Dr Lynn Pearson, has written a stunning book which has just been published by English Heritage
This is available from the BHS book shop (please mention that you are a BHS member when ordering; see and is described by Paul Travis below –
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‘Built to Brew, The history and heritage of the brewery’ has been written by Lynn Pearson, published by English Heritage this June, with a price of £25. Looking at the book is not dissimilar to the sensation of viewing a select large box of excellent chocolates – whatever you choose is full of delight, both for the chocolates and for this book – any page in the book will reveal interesting information supported by plenty of good illustrations. But to avoid flitting from one section to another go to the contents list where you will see the structure of the book – from the starting point of ‘beer’, then to early brewers (Iron Age, medieval, country-house), development of commercial breweries in the 18th, 19th & 20th centuries up to the present. Then into more detailed analysis of the brewery – the design and planning of the brewery by prominent brewery architects and their works and the insides of the brewery – the equipment for the processes. Powering the brewery looks at the various systems – manpower, wind & water, steam, gas & electricity. A couple more chapters – Burton-on-Trent, the Beer Capital deserves its heritage, growth and decline, and other buildings associated with breweries – such as offices, monuments, plaques, social facilities and finally the current brewery buildings and those that have been lost. The appendices are generous too – chapter notes, bibliography, glossary, Indexes of  breweries and locations, illustration credits.
The book structure is logical and the content is relevant and clear and interesting and well supported with good illustrations; the comments on the benefits of the brewery buildings to the environment (and their loss) are well made.
The book is not cheap financially but the overall content of the book is good value makes £25 well worthwhile.

New exhibition will display history of Wandsworth’s Ram Brewery

Friday, May 16th, 2014

‘Untitled 2014’ exhibition

Jo Thorpe has been photographing the Ram Brewery in Wandsworth before the site gets re-developed later on this year and her work is included in a frthcoming exhibition-

‘The BA Photographers at the University of Kent are holding an art photography Exhibition from 20th to 24th May 2014. The ‘Untitled 2014’ Exhibition will be held at The Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, Menier Chocolate Factory, London, SE1 1RU, daily from 11am to 6pm.’

See the following for an article and further information-


The Ram Brewery – decommissioning and recommissioning

Friday, March 7th, 2014

John Hatch has sent the following note

The video shows brewing at Youngs, its decommissioning and then the construction of his nano brewery




Dear All

As I had plenty of video footage of the last few years at the brewery, I thought I would make a Youtube compilation, I hope you enjoy it.

Ram Brewery Beam Engines

Friday, March 7th, 2014

John Hatch has just sent this note

I’m sure you will enjoy it


I have been asked a few times now to add some video of the Wentworth Beam Engines to YouTube so here it is…

The Durrington Maltsters

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

My thanks to Keith Langridge for this very interesting link to an article on ancient malting and brewing!

There are links to further related articles if you click on the names of the people mentioned


Hook Norton & Three Tuns

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

We have had the following interesting note from Rob Woolley –

Dear Jeff

I have recently found the ‘Gazetteer of operating breweries’ online. Its an interesting document, but when I came to look at the entry for the Hook Norton Brewery I found several historical errors in the first couple of sentences. I’m not certain whether its possible to amend these, but I felt that I should at least, with my knowledge of the brewery’s history provide the correct information. [I don’t think we will be able to amend these documents, but we should keep a running list of revisions. Jeff]

Error 1: The brewery was not established ‘around 1850’. John Harris arrived in Hook Norton in late 1846 and set up as a maltster. He probably started brewing in 1849 (Harris family oral tradition) but did not advertise himself as a ‘common brewer’ until 1852. The year he bought the site.

Error 2: A three-storey brewery was not erected in 1872. The plans are not very informative, but in 1872 Harris employed Henry Pontifex to carry out ‘alterations to a 6½ quarter brewery’. There is no mention of building a three storey building. In 1880 Harris engaged Arthur Kinder to carry out alterations. Documents relating to building work refer to raising the roof line of an existing building to three storeys.

Re: The Buxton Thornley Steam Engine. It no longer does the brewery pumping. This is done by an electric motor!

Re: The Three Tuns in Bishop’s Castle – I was told by the then brewer that the ‘copper’ was actually an ex-military potato boiler which needed constant stirring. I can’t vouch for the accuracy information so its probably not a valid alteration, but an interesting comment that could be checked. [Rob later added the comment that – the first time I went round the Three Tuns was sometime during the mid 1980’s and the assistant brewer, a woman, was sitting on top of a pair of wooden step ladders frantically stirring the contents]

Best Wishes
Rob Woolley

Hampstead Brewery

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Lynn Pearson’s latest Blog looks at this brewery and highlights what’s still to be seen


Southwick Brewhouse

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Lynn Pearson’s latest posting on her Blog (see has some lovely images of her recent visit to Southwick

Another brewery blog

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

This is just to let you know that I’m writing a new book about the history, heritage and architecture of (mainly) English breweries. It is due for publication towards the end of 2013, and if you’d like to see how things are going and look at a few brewery photos, share in the research results and so on, there’s a little blog about the book that you can follow at – enjoy!

Lynn Pearson

Austen’s Regent Brewery, Ramsgate

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

I am researching my family history, and trying to add to any information existing regarding Austen’s Regent Brewery in Ramsgate. We have a fair bit of information regarding its history, but would love to discover more photographs or labels / documents regarding the brewery. To date we have one photograph of the original Brewery building which was purchased by Fleets brewery circa 1900.

The information we do have is that the brewery started in the late 1700s in Broad Street, by 1850 the brewery moved to new premises in Belmont Street, which was called Regent Place, and for the next 70 years the building was known as the Regent Brewery. The brewery had two pubs the Golden Ball and King of Denmark but supplied many more.

Gardner’s of Ash first leased the brewery buildings and finally bought them in 1927 but concentrated brewing at Ash and the brewery site was converted into a large hall for concerts and dances before being demolished in the 1950s. The Golden Ball remained until the 1960s and the King of Denmark traded up until the 1990s when it became a Noodle Bar.

Gardner’s of Ash continued the Austen link when Claude Austen was head brewer up until the brewery was absorbed into the Whitbread/Fremlins empire and demolished.

If anyone knows anything more that would be great