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Report - Ram Brewery, London - September 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by The_Raw, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. The_Raw

    The_Raw 28DL Regular User
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    Met up with @extreme_ironing and @Maniac in Tooting about 8pm for some food with the intention of heading to East London to check out some cinemas. Four beers later and so much Lebanese food that we all had the meat sweats, we realised none of us could deal with going too far with so we decided to pop in here and see what's left. Although a fair bit of stuff has been stripped out and asbestos removal is in full flow we found a surprising amount of epic stuff still inside. Access is far easier than it was too which was a bonus, especially with broken ribs. We spent a couple of hours inside and there is a lot more left than shown in my photos, much better than I expected. @bhg pipped us to the post with this one last year, check out her report and @Speed's which show a lot of stuff that is no longer there.

    History (shamelessly stolen from @bhg's report :) ):
    The Young’s Brewery has been a familiar local landmark for both Wandsworth residents and visitors for over 150 years. Opened in 1831, the site has contributed much to the borough’s social and historic fabric.
    In 1831, Charles Allen Young and his partner Anthony Fothergill Bainbridge bought the Ram Brewery site. The new partnership suffered a serious setback in 1832 when a disastrous fire destroyed most of the brewhouse, but it was quickly rebuilt and in 1835 a new beam engine was erected inside the brewery. It is thought to be the oldest working beam engine of its kind in the world still in working condition and in its original location. It and its sister engine built in 1867, provided steam power in the brewery right up until 1976.
    In 1883 another fire, started in the offices, caused extensive damage to part of the brewery and the Ram Inn. Both were rebuilt the following year.A number of animals were resident in the brewery, including a ram, a number of geese and about a dozen working draught horses.
    It is claimed that the Ram Brewery was the oldest British brewery in continuous operation. At its closure in 2006, the brewery was a mix of ancient and ultra-modern plant and horses and drays were still used for local deliveries of beer within a mile or two of the brewery.
    The Ram Brewery officially closed on 25th September 2006.


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    Stay classy 28 :thumb
     
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  2. Springypeach

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    Cool pictures!
     
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    Good to see again, the intact beam engine is an added bonus!
     
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    Cool stuff man :thumb
     
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  5. kevin arnold

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    great pics, looks like all the best bits are still there. that little office inside of a brewing tank looks cool.
     
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    Im really surprised to see this still here if im honest, not sure why you didn't come to the Christmas party here Mr raw.

    From what I remember it was a good night...

    Did you ever get anywhere near the base of the chimney, me and monkey spent what seemed like hours trying to find it so it could be climbed while we were waiting for the beers and cigarettes to be delivered by some of the other lads, just simply couldn't figure out how to get to that ladder
     
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    Proper lovely pics there The Raw :thumb
     
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    sirjonnyp 28DL Regular User
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    Nice report, thought you were laying off it for a while :p
     
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  9. Camera Shy

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    Nice one indeed, lovely place.
     
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    Thanks for all those comments people of 28 :thumb

    No I'm pretty sure we missed a lot of stuff, might pop back for another nose around though, I wanna get inside that pub more than anything!

    Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in....

     
  11. bhg

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    great pictures as always (much better than mine :))
    thanks for sharing!
     
  12. Speed

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    They had the chimney laddered up when we did it. No official access as such. Just across the roof from outside
     
  13. Gabe

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    Yeah it was laddered up when we were there in December too but we just couldn't find a way to get to the ladder sadly. We may have drank too much, piss up in a brewery sorta evening
     
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    Good to see this place is in business again, completely forgot about it.
    Added to the shopping list ;)
     
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    That ladder looked an absolute deathtrap! You didn't climb it did you? :O
     
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