Abandoned Brewery, Sheffield (December 2014)
Stones Brewery (William Stones Ltd) was a regional brewery founded in 1868 by William Stones in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. 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.
Taken from ‘Wikipedia’ – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stones_Brewery
One location which I’ve been to numerous times but never got round to arranging the photos/doing a blog post on. Over the last year the place has been very popular with Explorers, both Graffiti & Street Artist and also youths playing around. Due to the popularity of the spot the brewery has taken some hammer in terms of damage which is a real shame but I guess that’s the nature of a disused building. The site is huge 3 buildings and massive underground which I’ve yet to explore. In terms of the buildings I’ve pretty much covered them all during my several visits here, it’s one location I don’t get bored of due to the vast amount of new content by both the Graffiti & Street Artist. In terms of ‘Street Art’ my favourite pieces here are the ‘Phlegm’ which you’ll see within this post and the ‘Angry Face’ which is over on my Flickr, a link will be at the end of this post. The brewery consist of the famous rings, a number of stairs and general building artefacts. The building offers a great rooftop vibe over Sheffield’s past industrial quarter.
I’ll move onto the photos you’ve all been waiting for. I’ve tried to streamline the amount of photos in this post to be as minimal as possible due to they been so many on offer! The rest can be seen on my Flickr which again as usual will be linked at the end of the post.
More photos can be seen from this visit on my Flickr: