Sunday, 6 August 2017

Lost Breweries of Salford nu 1 ............ what a lot

Now I don’t know why I should be surprised at the number of breweries listed for Manchester and Salford in 1850.

The Cook Street Brewery, 2015
After all the twin cities had grown a pace in the previous half century and since the 1830 Beer Act pretty much anyone could set up as a brewer of beer.

All you needed was the price if the £3 for the license and the cost of the materials and you were away.

In all there were 86 listed in the directory for that year of which 22 were based in Salford.*

To these could be added the very small enterprises which were no more than a family and a front room, who made their own and served it directly from their own home.

In time I am minded to go looking for all 22, finding out something about who they were and how long they survived.  I suspect some will have gone within a decade while others lasted into the following century and a few who will still be familiar to some today.

So that is the task ahead.

And anyone is welcome to join in the fun, offering up their own stories along with pictures and memorabilia.

Two of the 22 Salford Breweries
In the meantime I shall close with the Cook Street Brewery building.

It was built in 1895 for the Chesters Brewery Company and taken over by Threlfalls in 1961.

According to that excellent pub site Pubs of Manchester, the brewery stands on the site once occupied by the "Blue Lion pub previously called the White Lion and Apollo, [which] was demolished to make way for the brewery." **

The grade II listed Salford premises have now been redeveloped into the Deva Centre, an urban business village.

And soon after I posted the story Alan came up with a correction, "something amiss here Andrew, the Brewery was already Threlfalls when I was a lad in the 1950's unless my memory fails me.

When we lived in Garden Lane,the smell of the hops brewing pervaded the area and mam would send me and my sisters to the brewery yard to buy coke left over from the brewing process because it was a lot cheaper than coal. 

We would drag a heavy wooden truck with large cast iron wheels the few hundred yards back home,although we were very poor and lived in abject poverty, my memories of that time are not at all sad....."

Location; Salford

Pictures; Salford, 2015, from the collection of Andrew Simpson

* Armitage Philemon, 5 Browning Street, Dix Alexander Mills, 18 New Bailey Street, Dover James , 93 Bury Street, Goodier & Atkinson, Albert Bridge Brewery, Gore Street, Harrison John and Co, Strangeways Brewery, Brewery Street, Strangeways, Howarth, William, Brierley Street, Pendleton, Hunstone, Alice S Springfield Lane, Joule Benjamin, 14 New Bailey Street, Lupton, & Adamthwaite, Cook Street, Lyth, Margaret “ Regent Street, Meakin & Webster, Ravald Street, Mottram, Richard Elliot Brewery Street, Rose, Henry, Oldfield Road Brewery, Oldfield Road, Threfall, JohnMayor, Greengate, Walker, John Worrall, Sandywell Brewery, Sandywell street, Greengate, Watkins, Mary Bank Street, Pendleton, Watson & Woodhead, Bolton Street, Wheater James Victoria Brewery Greenbank, Ravald Street, Wrow, Reuben, 12 Dawson Street, Greengate, , Young, John Hindle & Co, 3 Broughton Road

**Pubs of Manchester, Past and Present,

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