Report - Hardy & Hansons Brewery, Kimberley, Nottinghamshire - June '15

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Explored with @AuntieKnickers, @Miss Mayhem, @The Shepshed Diamondback and @The Stig.

The Kimberley Brewery was established and operated by the brewer Hardys & Hansons, and has a heritage dating from 1832. It was, at the time of closure, the oldest independent brewery in Nottinghamshire. Samuel Robinson opened the first commercial brewery in Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, England, in a rented bake-house using water from the Alley Spring in what is now called Hardy Street. Stephen Hanson meanwhile built Hansons Limited on Brewery Street in 1847, also using water from the Alley Spring. William & Thomas Hardy were successful beer merchants from Heanor who bought Samuel Robinsons brewery in 1857.

The brewery complex which remains today is largely based on the buildings erected by the Hardy brothers in 1861 when they moved out of the old bake-house. In the same year, Stephen Hanson died and his business was carried on by his wife Mary and son Robert. There was much friendly rivalry between the two brewing companies who proceeded to buy pubs throughout the area to supply with their own ales.
Both breweries began to run short of water and so by mutual agreement the water from the local Holly Well spring was shared between them. Having been attracted by the supply of excellent brewing water from the Holly Well, both breweries thrived independently until 1930, when under increasing pressure from larger brewing companies, and from a lack of male successors to the Hardy's Brewery, the two companies combined.

In 2006, The Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Brewery and all of its public houses were sold in a multi-million pound deal to Greene King brewery, who decided to end the brewing tradition in Kimberley in "a cost effective move" and then sell the Kimberley site. They moved the distribution centre to Eastwood and the continued brewing of a limited number of their beers moved to the main Greene King site at Bury St Edmunds. In December 2010 the site was bought by the Leicester-based Alif Group ahead of an auction due to take place; paying more than the auction guide price of £1.25million, the brewery site having originally been valued at the time of the sale to Greene King at £5 -6 millions. Alif Group are a bathroom wholesaler so it is likely that the site will be used as a store for their products.

With Stig and AK coming down for a piss-up, it was only right that we have a cheeky explore. After a brief discussion, we all agreed on Hardy & Hansons. With the fact that I know idea if it was still derelict, I was fearful of a repeat of our meet up in Birmingham with a success rate of 1/7ish. After a few navigational errors and missed turn-offs, we arrived 45 late(sorry guys). Luckily that was enough time for Stig to have a quick scout. One part of the site is now a contruction site, unfortunately it takes up the bridge. It was a good explore and it wasn’t as trashed as I was expecting. Great place to see with some nice graff and paint peel.






















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Very nice Mr Punk , it was a lovely explore this one .
You like my terrifying driving really, just think of all
The laughs we have , including the one way street lol :D
But sorry for being late guys .
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