Tuesday, 12 July 2016

When Mr Robinson started a brewery at the back of the Unicorn on Lower Hillgate ...... stories of breweries nu 1

Now in the course of writing the new book on Manchester pubs you do come across a lot of breweries.*

The brewery, 2015
Some like Kays Atlas Brewery which supplied the beer for the Castle on Oldham Street have long gone, while other’s like Robinson’s of Stockport are still in business and its their lorries which pull up outside the Castle today.

Nor is that a coincidence because Robinsons, took the Atlas over in 1929 and so it’s fitting that Peter should have painted the brewery in 2015.

And as you do I went looking for their history which began when William Robinson bought the Unicorn on Lower Hillgate in 1838.

He was still there three years later and seems to have found a good spot for a pub.

His immediate neighbours included Joseph Faulkner, the butcher, Isaac Moss, Mary Albany and Thomas Clay and between their three properties there were seventeen adults some who were no doubt familiar with the inside of the Unicorn.

In 1849 Mr Robinson’s son took over the Unicorn and began brewing beer in the yard behind the pub.  He may well have been assisted by his wife Clarissa and Sarah Chadwick his sister in law.

The rest is as they say brewing success with the family enlarging the brewery adding warehouses, pubs and rival breweries, all of which is well documented on their own site.**

I of course will now turn back to the book.  Peter long ago completed all the paintings of the pubs and I am deep in telling their stories.

And unlike other pub books we want to tell the stories of the people, the building and the area they are situated in.

Painting; Robinsons Brewery © 2015 Peter Topping, Paintings from Pictures,
Web: www.paintingsfrompictures.co.uk

*A new book on Manchester Pubs, https://chorltonhistory.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/A%20new%20book%20on%20Manchester%20Pubs

**The Robinson Story, https://www.robinsonsbrewery.com/about-us/our-heritage

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