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Report - Cannon Brewery - Sheffield, June 2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Kitty, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Kitty

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    I've tried this one a few times, and failed... horrribly, so I was rather pleased to finally get in, but instantly disappointed with the gutted ground floors which are little more than rubble. The upper floors, tank room and sugar room and older part of the buildings were really quite nice, but I feel remiss for not having the skill to post decent pics of it. The noise on most of what I took is just crazy, so you'll have to put up with an abridged version of the visit. I really hope someone better than me gets in here before it gets anymore stripped that it already is, which the 'security' seem to be very busy doing.

    History:
    The Neepsend area of Sheffield, England has long had a history of manufacturing, usually in specialist steel and tools but during the mid - 19th century the area of the Don Valley upstream from Lady's Bridge became one of the centres in the city for the brewing of ales and beers. - from Wiki.

    William Stones began brewing his 'light coloured ale' in Sheffield in the 1860s and, due to some brilliant self-promotion, quickly became a well thought of supplier with a quality product. By the 1950s, there were quite a few small breweries in the Neepsend area.

    Then:
    There was much activity in 1954 when Stones bought out near rivals Mappin's Masborough Old Brewery of Rotherham and with the brewery its tied estate of around 100 public houses. Together with Tennant Brothers they bought the Sheffield Free Brewery, closing the brewery and dividing the estate between them. It also bought Ward's of Swinton, well known local beer bottlers (including Guinness) and mineral water manufacturers. says Wiki.

    By 1968 (when the business was sold to Bass Charrington), Stones was tied to around 300 pubs and off licences. The Stones brand goes on, but is now produced by Coors in Burton-on-Trent.

    Cannon closed in 1999 and is now in the process of gutted by its owners. I have been told that the building is not being demo'd, despite part of it already being gone and there being no current plans for redevelopment.

    There are still a few small breweries running around the area today.


    So, pics ahoy!

    I got chatting to a local landlord pre-visit, who happened to have an interest in local history. Here's a couple of pics of pics.

    Workers celebration? It was explained to me that this was a once yearly occurance and meant to celebrate the animals which worked at the brewery:
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    In the old yard with a fancy-pants motor:
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    Not at all creepy
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    tee hee!
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    I'm sure that photobucket has missed a few, but I've abuse works internet policy enough for one day, so will check when I get home.​
     

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