Archive for the ‘Defunct Brewery Liveries’ Category

w t Rothwell

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Please can someone help? i am trying to trace my family the lead one is called W.T.Rothwell who owned a brewery in the Manchester area called Heath Brewery which i believed was sold to Wilsons? any help would be gratful !!

W T Rothwell

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Good Afternoon,

      I am trying to find out more details about a past relative of mine who started out the Heath Brewery in the Manchester area in or around 1850? can anybody spread any light on the matter?


Information sought on former Pound Brewery – Wiltshire

Monday, April 13th, 2009

I am a relation of the Pound family that, apparently, ran a brewery in Wiltshire at the same time as Arkell’s etc but I cannot find any information at all on the internet (possibly William Pound & Co.?)! Would anyone know anything that can kickstart my search? Many thanks 

Brewery pages

Monday, January 26th, 2009

The new brewery photos part of the web site is excellent. I am pleased that it provides addresses for the breweries – the Century book does not always do this and it is often very hard to find them, even if you know they are there somewhere!

For some of the breweries, only photos of the signs are given. Could you please also provide a general picture of the building to provide some context, e.g Moors and Robsons, Parkers and Richmond Brewery? I would make the same point for pubs showing defunct livery – I would like to see a picture of the pub as well as the individual sign or window.

Do we send brewery photos to the same address as that for defunct liveries of pubs?

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 remains

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

fenstanton-5-july.jpgYou requested evidence of brewery buildings still surviving. According to the “Century” book the Fenstanton Brewery in Fenstanton, Cambs, is still standing. I went to check it out recently and confirm that it is! I have a couple of photos, but cannot work out how to attach them – this is my first blog posting!! If someone can help I will pass them to the BHS.


(NB Click on pictures to enlarge)

Fenstanton Brewery in Fenstanton, Cambs Fenstanton Brewery in Fenstanton, Cambs Fenstanton Brewery in Fenstanton, Cambs

A Century of British Brewers – plus 1890 – 2004

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

This is the BHS’ flagship book and contains brief details of over 10,000 British brewers that are known to have existed between 1890 and 2004.

By Norman Barber. Edited by Mike Brown and Ken Smith
ISBN 1 873966 11 3   A4 Paperback: published 2005

It is available from the BHS postal book shop – see the main web site or email for details. There is a special offer on this book for new members of the Society.

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


Woodhams Brewery, Rochester, Kent Established 1750

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

Does anybody know where to find more information about Woodhams Brewery, apparently active in Victoria Street/East Row, Rochester from 1750-1918? Especially interested in what kind of beer did they brew, anyone who has old Woodhams bottles, any old pictures of the brewery and when was the brewery built and rebuilt?

Wath upon Dearne – James Utley 1860s

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

I’m researching my family history and do know that the Ut(t)ley families of South/West and North Yorkshire followed the trade of stone masons.  I wonder if there’s anyone else researching this family and would know more about this particular brewing family.  I am certain that they are related.  Any info much appreciated.