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Report - The Robert Cains Brewery (liverpool, Oct, 2017)

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by urbanchemist, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. urbanchemist

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    The Robert Cains brewery is something I’ve always wanted to visit - who wouldn’t want to look round this gorgeous building - but for some reason never attempted. In fact I assumed it was on the urbex tourist trail and had probably been done many times before. Turns out this is only partly true - there have been two visits, by Speed and Clebby and The Man in Black, all with lovely pictures (apologies if there are other reports I’ve missed). There are plans to develop the place into a ‘brewery village’ with an event centre, museum, hotel etc. etc. and the building has changed a bit recently, with part of the ground floor occupied by traders stalls and building work starting in the ground floor halls.

    Anyway, one afternoon on a visit to a shop nearby I had a quick look, saw that the old brewery was open for business and came back with a torch and a borrowed camera. Glad that I did because it turned out to be rather good value.

    I started in the cellars and ended up spending quite a lot time down there. Never having been in a brewery before I was surprised how extensive these were, room after room of gloomy dungeons and tunnels, but I suppose it makes sense that a big brewery will have big cellars. The rather nice pump and boreholes were unexpected, hiding behind something which may be a tank for the pumped water. Was briefly tempted to go down the ladder next to the pump rods, but it looked a tight squeeze and I was still in my work clothes and already filthy enough.

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    Pump, other well to the right

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    Down the well under the pump, ladder just visible

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    Down the side of the tank

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    Miscellaneous cellar shots

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    It was possible to get into the more recent plant next door, but I didn't linger here

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    Building work in one the ground floor halls

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    A room full of beer - sadly, sell by date 2013

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    I then went up through the various levels ending up at the tower, but not completely without incident. About 2/3rds the way up one of the staircases I noticed a little red light start to blink between the stair treads and thought oh dear…sure enough a couple of minutes later a security man came bustling up the stairs. I edged into the shadow of the next flight, stood still and was amazed when he walked right past without noticing. As soon as his back was turned I then crept quietly upwards, the pigeon poo helping to deaden any noise, and hid in a little attic room until he he’d gone. I’m guessing the silent alarm was for the small room nearby containing the electronics for the phone masts on the tower.
    More pics of various things below - while I took a lot of photos, I’ve chosen ones that are mostly different from previous reports, although there is obviously going to be some similarity.

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    If anyone wants to visit maybe do it sooner rather than later before development has gone too far.
     
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  2. Six

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    Nice report and pictures!

    We had no issue whatsoever here on our way up to the roof so I wonder if pir / camera (whatever it was) is a new addition!
     
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    Well covered!

    We looked for the well but never found it. Did you not fancy climbing the ladder and looking for the reputed boating lake?!
     
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    I hadn't heard of this reputed lake when I visited - but frankly I didn't really want to get stuck down a narrow well, under a brewery, with a rapidly fading torch...
     
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    Top work! Had a nosey at this over the weekend and it was hammered? Some sort of street boozing festival thing going on? Unless i was looking in the wrong part.

    Anyways top work. Getting about lately mate
     
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    May have been something on in Camp and Furnace across the road - the whole area has suddenly become trendy, including the (newish) Baltic Market food hall almost opposite the brewery courtyard - loads of people around weekend evenings.
     
  7. Speed

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    Is the well near the boiler room then? As Dweeb said we popped back a few months ago but managed to totally miss it a second time. No pirs then.. Are you sure it wasn't a red light from the emergency lighting and the man was just a worker working on the new construction in the brew hall that seems to be progressing well?
     
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    Well covered dude! I really miss Cains' FA (the beer you found) I got smashed on just six pints as a teenager!
     
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    Just along from the boilers as far as I remember. Whoever the guy on the stairs was, he was in a hurry and looking for something, checking rooms and testing doors as he went up. I may have been detected in the electronics room I suppose, and that brought him up.
     
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    Never even tried the stuff - kept meaning to go on one of the tours before they stopped but never got round to it. Any amount of the export version there as well.

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  11. Will Knot

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    Looks like you covered most of it.......congrats....great pics :thumb
     
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