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‘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.

Finchcocks Oast House episode of The Restoration Man

Monday, December 10th, 2012

We have had the following note from a TV production company

A number of BHS members, including Peter Tann and Peter Darby, have helped with this


I hope you are well. Just to let you know that it has now been confirmed that the Finchcocks Oast House episode of The Restoration Man is transmitting on Thursday 27th December, 9pm on Channel 4. Do please spread the word.


Many thanks for all your help and I do hope you enjoy the programme!


Best wishes,


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

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

Burton – A Talk on Regeneration of Brewery Buildings

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

We have had the following from the Burton Civic Society. Many members will know Malcolm and have enjoyed seeing him speak in the past

BHS member Malcolm James will be giving a talk after the Civic Society’s AGM

Malcolm James was awarded the Harold Samuel Prize for the Best Dissertation in July 2006 on “Brewery Buildings of Burton on Trent” as part of his RICS Postgraduate Diploma on Conservation of the Historic Environment.  His talk will reflect the culmination of his subsequent 6 years of research into the use and re-use of brewery buildings.

I wonder if this talk would be of interest to members of your society in the local area?

It takes place at about 8 p.m. on Wed 27th June at the Worthington Suite of the National Brewery Centre, after the Burton Civic Society AGM.

Its our Golden Jubilee Year (1962 – 2012) and we’re hoping to get a good crowd.  We also have some specially brewed beer from the Burton Bridge Brewery to give away in exchange for a donation.

The Last Drop: England’s Surviving Brewery Heritage

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Reminder -only 2 weeks to go

A Day Conference at Burton-upon-Trent on Saturday 12 March 2011

Presented by the Brewery History Society and English Heritage

See for full details, or email:

Spencer’s Brewery at the Marquis of Granby, Leeds

Monday, January 12th, 2009

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 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

Defunct Brewery Archive

Monday, January 12th, 2009

I applaud the defunct brewery section and often refer to it before I visit a town to see if there is a pub worth seeing. I hope that the ‘brewery remains’ section you are starting can also be used by me in a similar fashion. For this reason the sites should be maintained up-to-date to reflect the current state of pubs and breweries.

The defunct brewery section shows photographic evidence of old brewery liveries, and also notes when these have been removed by a landlord or pub company. The photos are then usually removed. Should we not retain an archive of these so that we can see what these brewery liveries used to look like? There are thousands of photos out there that could be used for this. I have a number of photos that I have taken over the last 30 years that cannot be uploaded to the current site as the pubs no longer exhibit the old livery. History is therefore lost. We could index this archive in many ways, by location, by brewery, by date of photo for starters. I fear that the current site is going to get smaller and smaller as the pubs are “updated”.

I would apply the same logic to brewery, rather than pub,  photos. 

I presume it is not easy to upload all the old photos of pubs and breweries which exist as there is copyright on the photos, or does this expire at a certain age? However, at least members photos could be retained.

I would value discussion on such an archive, how far it should go back, and the photos that could be included in it.

Brewery buildings and historic plant

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

We are very keen to create a list on the BHS web site, similar to that for Defunct Brewery Livery, that covers any remaining brewery buildings and / or historic brewery plant in the UK.

Please post details, including the location, of ANY such buildings, or parts of buildings, or plant that you are aware of. If you have a photograph that would be an added bonus.

Many thanks