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Report - Tolly Cobbold Brewery, Ipswich - June 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Session9, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. Session9

    Session9 A life backwards
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    History

    The business that became Cliff Brewery was started in 1723 ( in Kings Quay Street, Harwich) by Thomas Cobbold and is believed to be the second oldest independent brewery in England. It stood above the quays of the River Orwell at Ipswich, since 1746. The Cobbolds have an important status in Ipswich as the family were landowners in the town and surrounding area. Christchurch Park was donated to "The people of Ipswich" by the family, along with many other donations of land such as Ipswich Racecourse. The family also provided several Members of Parliament for Ipswich over the years. In addition they have provided five chairmen of Ipswich Town Football Club, Lady Blanche Cobbold was President of the Club for many years, ITFC have even named part of a stand in their stadium and a prestigious member's club after the Cobbold family.

    Eventually Cobbold merged with local rival, Tollemache Breweries in 1957 to form Tolly Cobbold. The brewery ceased operations in 2002, when the Tolly Cobbold company merged with Ridley's brewery. The site has been abandoned ever since and is now in a pretty poor state no thanks to copper thieves and the effects of nature.


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    During a flying visit to Essex the last thing i thought i would have time to partake in would be a spot of mooching. However, opportunity knocked and a few enjoyable hours were passed at this fine building. Having come to Tolly's two years ago and had my entrance scuppered by a BT bod and van, who managed to redefine the meaning 'a long lunch break', the site had been on my wish list for sometime. With BT bod having now completed his lunch break, only my good self made entry a hell of a lot harder than it needed to be :rolleyes:.

    Having left my DSLR at home because of my wish to travel light, my 'just in case' point and shoot was given a rare outing instead...


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    6. The original copper sugar dissolving vessel from the original Harwich Brewery from 1723 can be seen top right.
    Much of the original buildings were used as a museum from 1989 until closure in 2002 (hence label on the copper vessel), whilst brewing continued on a reduced scale in the modern buildings at the back of the site (partly now demolished).


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    10. There's something beautiful about layers of pigeon plop, don't you think?


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    15. I'm going for the unframed brewery prints...


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    16. Love the roof detail with the finial.


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    17. Time for a pint after a thirsty mooch... only The Brewery Tap is closed at this lunchtime :eek:


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    18. Now, if you think this reports bullshit, have one of these...



    Thanks for looking folks! :)
     

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  2. catbalou

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    Liking this..! Looks a great mooch, and that roof detail is lovely.
     
  3. Southside UE

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    Cracking set fella, was wondering when u would put these up. Looks well worth a mooch does that. Nice one mate :thumb
     
  4. The Lone Shadow

    The Lone Shadow Industrial Fanatic!
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    Its not the equipment that counts, but the photographer :thumb
    And you have proved what a good photographer is capable of attaining ;)
    I remember that "Bullsh*t" drink - Ah the alcopop days.

    The Lone Shadow
     
  5. Speed

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    No wonder they went under, they were making a loss on every place mat they sold!

    Gonna have the copper as a hot tub one day!
     
  6. Session9

    Session9 A life backwards
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    Thanks all :)

    A 291 year old hot tub - now that's a party stopper! :)
     
  7. pauln

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    Good set of pics. The biggest piles of bird crap ever I seem to recall.
     
  8. Session9

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    Thanks mate. Yep, it has a good collection of bird plop :)
     
  9. Lost Explorer

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    Looks like a good mooch! Love that bottle of ale at the end :D
     
  10. explorer62

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    pretty tidy is that
     
  11. Session9

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    Cheers HT! Yeah, it certainly hasn't been an Indian Summer of mooching... so far. That will change next month with any luck. :)
    The great brew (finest in the land) of bullshit, strangely had no effect on me ;)
     
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    Cheers Lost Explorer and explorer62, its not a bad wee mooch. :)
     
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    Well done on the photos dude, I must check this site out sometime soon!
     
  14. Session9

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    Cheers guys :)
     
  15. norfolkexplorer

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    Such a cool little site there, and nicely done. I was shooting a model there mid week in the so called summer and 2 other groups came in as well
     
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