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Report - Cannon brewery Sheffield August 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Lavino, Aug 29, 2015.

  1. Lavino

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    Visited the brewery with @woopashoopaa @Vulex and friend tom. Was our place and we really enjoyed it here the site is quite big not a lot left of things to see relating to the brewery left. But some very good graff to be see. On arrival we were met by some people dressed up lol. So thought it would be rude if a didn't get a few pictures of them myself so a bit of history and pics ....


    Green & Hatfield were the first to brew at Cannon Brewery in 1838 at what was then a respectable residential district. By 1895 the brewery was equipped with “an expensive plant…excellent stores and cellars, spacious covered and open yards, offices, stabling [and] workshops.”

    The site was acquired by William Stones in 1912. William Stones had started brewing in 1847 in Sheffield with Joseph Watts. Following Watts’ death in 1854 Stones continued brewing by himself. In 1868 he purchased the lease of the Neepsend Brewery, and renamed it the Cannon Brewery, and he continued to brew there until his death in 1894. Stones’ success saw him die as one of the richest men in Sheffield, although he lived a modest life. The company was taken over by Bass in 1968, then in 2000 Bass sold its brewing operations to the Belgian brewer Interbrew who were ordered by the Competition Commission to sell the Stones brand. In 2002, the brand was purchased by the American Coors Brewing Company, who merged to become Molson Coors in 2005.

    Stones Bitter was brewed at the Cannon Brewery from 1948 and was popular with Sheffield’s steel workers. Stones Bitter was originally available across the south of Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, with distribution extended to the rest of the north of England in 1977, and nationwide from 1979, accompanied by a considerable marketing push. Increasing demand saw it also brewed at other Bass breweries from the 1970s onwards. The beer’s popularity reached its apex in 1992 when it was the country’s highest selling bitter, selling over a million

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    The marketing and sales offices on the brewery site were completed in 1958. A new £500,000 five storey brewhouse was operational by 1962, and was one of the most up to date in the country. An on-site public house was opened in the basement of the brewery in 1964, initially named The Underground, but later renamed The Pig and Whistle; it was used by brewery workers and visitors. At its peak the brewery produced 50,000 hectolitres of cask conditioned Stones each year. The office building was sold off in 1985. In 1992 a visitor’s centre building was opened. In 1995 the brewery was used as a shooting location for the film When Saturday Comes.

    After its closure in 1999 its major brand, Stones Bitter, has continued to be produced by the Molson Coors Brewing Company. The office building is occupied by an accountancy firm, however the remainder of the site is currently unoccupied and derelict.
     
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  2. Morrisey

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    Bummage.
     
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    Cracking report m8, gutted I missed out tbh, looks like you had good fun with them lot, whoever they were :thumb
     
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    yeah mate would have liked you have come was a fun day. with lots to see :D
     
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    crikey this place has gone down hill over last 5 years
     
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    Pretty decent report that mate.....drove past a couple of days ago and saw a crowd going in! Bet it was the dress up crowd :D:D
     
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    Hello all, I was one of the group there Saturday. We are a group of cosplayers who were looking for a good site to take some unique pictures. Aside from that my other interest is exploring so I was armed with the camera to take their pics.

    I have shared this post with them and thank you for uploading them, As another aside I would very much like to thank you for asking permission from them. As soon as you mentioned the forum I knew we were good to go :)
     
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    Them costumes are sweet. Loving that arrow outfit. None of this happened when i went lol. Really cool pics from a different kinda explore lol. Nowt wrong with a bit of cosplay :-)
     
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    Hi all, some of you know that i'm basically an armchair explorer and have been a member on the forums for a long whilst, I would like to let you guys and girls know that the Harley Quinn cosplayer is a good friend of mine and has a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MichiQuinn

    and to the guys who went on the explorer those are some mighty fine photos :D
     
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    Particularly this last year it's got quite run down. People coming in to destroy stuff and smash the place up. I noticed since the beloved 'crack den' in Sheffield got torn down and turned into a car park, there's now a fair bit of drug use up there now. Lots of discarded needles on the ground floor so really need to take care.
     
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