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Report - William Stones - Cannon Brewery - May 2014 - Sheffield

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Jidell, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. Jidell

    Jidell 28DL Full Member
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    So another post from me, how the time flies ;).I took a venture up to Cannon Brewery around mid May and I spent a good half the day there with a few non members. Really interesting place although it is mainly stripped bare it still doesn't fail to deliver and is still worth a visit! it was a perfect day to go so we headed on up there and fully enjoyed ourselves. On with the history of the Brewery and then on with the pictures!

    Any comments with tips would be appreciated!
    Ive tried to take photos that haven't been seen as much on the forums....hope you like it :)




    "Stones Brewery (William Stones Ltd) was a regional brewery founded in 1868 by William Stones in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England and purchased by Bass Brewery in 1968. After its closure in 1999 its major brand, Stones Bitter, has continued to be produced by the Molson Coors Brewing Company.

    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 barrels. The beer has been lauded in certain quarters as "one of Sheffield's most famous exports". After the Cannon's closure production was continued elsewhere. "

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    Thankyou!!
     

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  2. A-C-P

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    Looks good! This is literally 15 mins from my house and I've not had the chance to see it yet.
     
  3. Jidell

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    It is good you should go if its only 15 mins from you house!!! Well worth the visit in my opinion ;)
     
  4. WinterFell

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    great photos i spent atleast 3 hour in the basements last time i was there :)
     
  5. Jidell

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    Yeah the basement is awesome! Didnt get any picture worthy of being on here.... We spent ages down there it was cool ;)
     
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    Great snaps. This ones really interesting
     
  7. Jidell

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    Thankyou. It is an interesting place a good explore :thumb
     
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    Nice work shame its so trashed now...
     
  9. WildBoyz

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    Nice report. Really like the first picture, shame you didn't get a couple from the basement and tour place - really cool down there!
     
  10. Jidell

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    Thankyou for your feedback :D i did get down in the basement and have a good explore but didnt have any photos worthy of putting on here.....needed some more light down there ;)
     
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    No worries :) Haha, I remember it being quite dark down there actually.
     
  12. Jidell

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    :) it is dark down there!!! It was the phone torch and the occasional flash from the camera to light my way!!! :D
     
  13. Jidell

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    Yeah there is some unique things in the brewery! Thats what i thought aswell haha!
     
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