Archive for the ‘Yorkshire’ Category

Mann’s Dray in Bristol

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Thanks to Carol Beer, who has sent the attached image, which was taken in Bristol in the late 1960s

Mann’s Dray in Bristol

Worksop & Retford Brewery

Monday, September 12th, 2011

I met a chap at the GBBF recently and we discussed his research into the  – See below. He would love to hear from anyone with information. I have pointed him towards David Parry’s ‘South Yorkshire Stingo’ for passing references and the history of Sheffield’s Old Albion Brewery as they bought this.

24 Whitwell Lane, Stocksbridge, Sheffield S36 1GE   – 0114 288 5238

Dear Jeff,

We met at the GBBF earlier this week – as discussed, myself and a colleague are currently researching the Worksop and Retford Brewery, which was demolished in 1962, as background for a novel. We would love to hear from anyone who worked for the company in the late 1950’s or early 60’s. We are particularly interested in finding an original recipe for Worksop Ale, and in speaking to anyone who can remember the taste, or the experience, of drinking this, or any of, their beers.

The Worksop and Retford Brewery was a large employer and a landmark enterprise for the whole of Bassetlaw. Worksop malt was critical to the success of brewing operations in Manchester and the Midlands.

Photographs provide an indication of the sheer size of the operation. Ornate wrought iron gates opened out onto a large eye-catching and decorative five storey building, built from bricks of different colour in a style in favour at the time.

The brewery was acquired by Tennant Brothers of Sheffield, in 1958 and demolished in 1962 when Tennants were taken over by Whitbread. The company was voluntarily wound up by a Special Resolution passed at an Extraordinary General Meeting held at the Exchange Brewery, Sheffield in April 1970.

We have received detailed information/photos from a visit to Bassetlaw Museum and from Mike Richards, Head Brewer at Thorne Brewery, whose father worked for WRB. We had a useful conversation with Frank Greaves who worked at the bonded warehouse and packaging plant built on the site of the Brewery by Tennants (Manager from 1974 until his retirement in 1993). We have also come across some interesting photographs of the brewery insignia: the Half Moon (Retford) and the Langold Hotel (now demolished).

If you could provide any other pointers, I would be very grateful,




Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

We have had the following query about what is presumably a non alcoholic brewer

I have in my possession the bottle described below .

I have not been able to find any information about this brewery and I would appreciate any details you may be able to provide.

The wording on the shoulder of the bottle reads:



          IS ILLEGAL.


The wording on the side of the bottle reads:

          WEST RIDING





A small oval impression in the glaze of the bottle reads:





Best regards

Charles H. Sharp.

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

SOUTH YORKSHIRE STINGO A Directory of South Yorkshire Brewers. 1758 – 1995

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

SOUTH YORKSHIRE STINGO A Directory of South Yorkshire Brewers. 1758 – 1995.

By David Lloyd Parry    ISBN 1 873966 05 9    A4 Paperback; 122 pages; price £10.00

This directory lists nearly 100 common brewers from Barnsley to Wath, including 69 pages on Sheffield brewers. Many famous names appear here – Tennant, Barnsley, Ward, Stones, Hope & Anchor, Whitworth Son & Nephew. Pub acquisitions (with dates) are also listed. Numerous illustrations and a detailed index 

This book is available from the BHS postal book shop – see the main web site or email for details. 

Enquiries to: The BHS Bookshop, Long High Top, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 7PF.