Archive for the ‘Sussex’ Category

An evening at Kissingate Brewery

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
I have had the following message from Gary at Kissingate Brewery.
It looks like a great evening
We would like to invite you and any members of the Brewery History Society to .
David Muggleton (brewery historian and BHS member) will be here talking about our local area’s brewing past.
Of course there will be plenty of beer and banter. There will be plenty of food too.
Tickets for the evening are £15.00 per guest.  However we are happy to offer tickets for you and your guests at £12.50 each.
The evening starts at 6.00pm Saturday 15th March.
Hopefully you can make it down.
Details are here…

Kind regards,
Gary Lucas

Kissingate Brewery
Pole Barn
Church Lane Farm Estate
Lower Beeding
West Sussex RH13 6LU

Whichelo Arms in Whichelo Place, Brighton

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

We have had the following query from Clive Whichelow
“I am trying to find out more about the Whichelo Arms in Whichelo Place, Brighton, which I beleive was a Tamplins pub. I would be grateful for any information you could provide or even if it was possible to let me know who else to contact.

From what I understand the Whichelos had interests in other pubs apart from the Whichelo Arms – e.g. The Bent Arms at Lindfield, The New Inn at Brighton, etc. as well as brewing connections.”

Clive would welcome details of any other Whichelo connections (we have seen the entries on A2A)

Kidd and Hotblack, Cannon Brewery, Brighton

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Eric Dore has written asking for any general information about Kidd and Hotblack, the Cannon Brewery, Brighton – . I am especially keen to find photographs of the brewery – which I have never seen but they must surely exist given that most of the brewery was still standing in early 1969.

Eric does seem to have compiled quite a lot of basic information from the more readily available sources but would welcome much more, or pointers to sources.

He has provided the following information and questions:


1 Early History –  the original John Barnet(t) was brewing at the Cannon Brewery from 1821 having started brewing with his wife from his small home in Russell Street sometime earlier. He then built on the opposite side of the road to where he lived. Do we have any record of the plans (was planning permission or anything similar required?) for the brewery? Is it true that (according to H E S Simmons – HESS) the original brewer was succeeded by his son John? Was it John junior who died in 1870 or 1871 – if so, when did John senior die?

Peter Holtham (PH) refers to an article in Sussex Daily News in 1907, which dates the original business from the early 1800’s – do we have a copy of that article? How do we know that prior to 1821 John sold his beer from a truck around the streets of Brighton. I wonder if it was “bright” beer?!

2. Messrs Kidd – having acquired the Cannon Brewery in 1871, John and Frederick Kidd looked to grow the business. They had originally acquired 14 pubs in 1871 by lease and then purchased the same in 1884 – was that the total of the Cannon Brewery pubs in 1871? They then acquired the business/pubs of Ambrose Warde and William Thompson in 1876 (per PH) – is there any documentation for this – and (then as Kidd and Hotblack) the Palmeira Hotel, Hove in 1887.

Frederick had died in 1884 – John died in 1897 and according to the Brighton Herald (paper dated 13 March 1897) at the time of his death he was “the head of the firm Kidd and Hotblack …a prominent freemason, a….supporter of the Horticultural Society and a generous upholder of many causes.”

3. The Hotblack Years – after the death of Frederick Kidd, the brewery was run from 1884 by John Kidd in partnership with Herbert Arthur Hotblack who Graham Holter (GH) describes as a “Southend brewer”.  At the time, there were probably three “major” brewers in Southend – Commercial Brewery, Brewery Street (who it seems ceased trading in 1884) Middleton Brewery, High Street and Walkers Wellington Brewery, Nelson Street. Do we know where Herbert was brewing pre 1884?

After John Kidd died (in 1897) the brewery was run by Herbert Hotblack until 1900 and then by Frederick Mills Hotblack from 1900 to 1926 (per PH). Was Frederick the son of Herbert  and is it a coincidence that his first names were “borrowed” from the Kidd brothers!

Frederick Hotblack was therefore running the business at the time it became a limited liability company in November 1906 – are there any documentary records of this? Eliot Hotblack was listed as the brewer in 1917 (per GH) – was he Frederick’s son?

When did Herbert die? He was appointed a board member of Tamplins in 1926 (per GH) when the business and pubs of Kidd and Hotblack Ltd were acquired and the company went into voluntary liquidation.

4. The End Years – did Tamplins brew at Cannon Brewery after 1926? The general view was that they did but (per PH) the premises were used just as a beer depot from 1927 to 1964. When was the brewery finally demolished? As per PH it was c 1966 but GH says 1969 and HESS says that in April 1969 “the Cannon Brewery, much of which still remains, stood in Russell Street” 

5. The Beers of Kidd and Hotblack – so much for the history of the brewery/its personnel!  What were the beers and what were they like?  What do we know?  Well, historically, the beers were considered to be good because that meant that the original cottage industry set up by John Barnet(t) survived and indeed prospered!

I have evidence of the following beers


Red House Ale – stained glass window at Wick Inn (per PH)

Family XXX Ale – barrel label in my collection

India Pale Ale – barrel label in my collection

Bottled Beers – bottle labels in my collection

Pale Ale

Nourishing Stout

No 1

Family Stout

Is there evidence of other beers/its quality?

The company also bottled for Bass of Burton on Trent.

6. The Livery etc of Kidd and Hotblack – nothing is listed in the Brewery History Society archive. But I remember the red and black exterior and small Georgian windows at the Wick Inn, Hove (c 1965) – I bet the stained glass window has gone! I also remember drinking in a pub in Brighton in the 1990’s and realising that the “table” I was using was in fact a wooden barrel standing on its end – it was in good condition, painted red and black with the words “Kidd and Hotblack” clearly visible. What was the name of the pub and are the barrels (I believe that there were at least two) still in use. Are there other artefacts around that people are aware of?

7. Photographic Evidence – I have never seen any photo of the Cannon Brewery but given the fact that most of the building survived until 1969 there must be something, somewhere! There is a photo of a Kidd and Hotblack pub on the cover of GH’s book Sussex Breweries – what is the source for that ? Frustratingly, I cannot see a pub name – the street name is clearly visible “Upper Park Place” but then another frustration because there is no pub in that location listed on the extensive Brighton Library research of pubs operating at the time.

8. Researchers – I am grateful for the work of some of the following whose interest in Kidd and Hotblack, Sussex Breweries or the wider subject of UK breweries is known to me. I would be keen to hear if anyone knows of others who may have information

Peter Holtham – author of Seven Brighton Brewers (Sussex Industrial History Vol 22 – 1992) and Brewers of the Brighton Area (Vol 38 – 2008)

Graham Holter – author of Sussex Breweries ( published 2001)

H E S Simmons – author of Brighton Breweries – unpublished, so far as I know!

Roger Bristow

Alan Grainger

Keith Osborne

Eric Doré

2 January 2011

Worthing’s Pubs & Breweries

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

I have had an email from Jimmy Hastell, the host of the excellent Worthing Pubs web site, and I thought I would copy it to the list fyi. I asked about a brewery page and he has added the beginnings of this straight away. I’m sure he would welcome any additional information or illustrations (of the sites or related advertising material) that you can provide.

Dear Sirs
I would like to offer up my small contribution to pub history on your links page.
I have been researching the history of our local pubs in Worthing Sussex and have created a web site to reflect this.
the address is:

I hope that you may find it worthy of inclusion.

Jimmy Hastell


Followed by:

Hi Jeff.
I have been looking at local breweries and decided that a start should be made so I can add information as I discover it rather than just store it somewhere as we tend to do!

Because my site is about Worthing Pubs and not wanting to mislead anyone who is looking for information on that subject I have put the brewery section in the ‘More Stuff’ menu section, which will feature all those little titbits that crop up and are worth a mention in greater detail.

Here’s a direct link

I would be interested in any branding for these breweries that I could add to the page.