Information for record number MWA10184:
Alcester Brewery

Summary 19th century brewery located off Church Street, Alcester.
What Is It?  
Type: Brewery
Period: Imperial - Industrial (1751 AD - 1913 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Alcester
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 09 57
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
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1 The date of the founding of the original brewery is unknown but it appears to have been in the mid 19th century. The Haines family are known to have run the brewery in the late 19th century and are listed in Kelly's directories from 1863 onwards. It was extensively rebuilt in 1886 and won medals in 1888 and 1890 for brewing. The brewery was sold by the Haines family in 1899 and brewing ceased in 1914. The plant continued to be used as a bottling store until the 1920's when the brewery was demolished. A plan from 1899 for the brewery shows that the property consisted of; Private Offices, A Brewers House, Cellars and Stores, A Fermenting Room, A Racking Room, The brewery main building, A Cart Shed, Clerks Offices, Bottling Stores, Stables, sheds and a Stabling and Cart Shed. An archaeological observation in 2004 located remains of a greenhouse and the Stabling and Cart Shed building belonging to the brewery. The greenhouse is reputed to have been used as a vinery for the brewery and some remains of an underfloor heating system were found during the 2004 observation.
2 brewery built in 1886 for George Henry Heap Haines. Last mention of brewery in 1912 directory. From 1916 until 1921-24 it was used for bottling beer only. The bowling green and a garden is listed as part of the brewery and meant to stretch the property down to the river Arrow. An auctioneers description says "the central portion was re-erected in 1886" but does not say what it replaced. It is thought not to be a brewery before 1886 and definitly not before 1884, it was probably Haines' Maltings. Main brewery building consisted of four floor and a celler and Housed much of the equipment for the brewing process including; grinding room, malt hopper, cold water tank, mash tuns, coppers, cooler room, iron hop back, iron cooler, fermenting room, hop/malt store, yeast press, Racking Room, store, boiler house and cool Cellars.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Archaeological Report
Title: Archaeological Observation at Dorset House, Church Street, Alcester, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Coutts, C
Date: 2005
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 0508
Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: A History of Brewing in Warwickshire
Author/originator: Fred Luckett, Ken Flint and Peter Lee
Date: 1982-1984
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period Imperial 1751 AD to 1914 AD (end of the 18th century AD to the beginning of the 20th century AD)

This period comes after the Post Medieval period and before the modern period and starts with beginning of the Industrial Revolution in 1750. It includes the second part of the Hannoverian period (1714 – 1836) and the Victorian period (1837 – 1901). The Imperial period ends with the start of the First World War in 1914.
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monument HOUSE * A building for human habitation, especially a dwelling place. Use more specific type where known. back
monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument FLOOR * A layer of stone, brick or boards, etc, on which people tread. Use broader site type where known. back
monument BOILER HOUSE * A building housing a boiler, often connected to a steam engine house. back
monument CELLAR * A room or group of rooms usually below the ground level and usually under a building, often used for storing fuel, provisions or wines. back
monument BOWLING GREEN * A closely mown piece of ground used for the game of lawn bowling. back
monument WATER TANK * A receptacle for the storage of water. back
monument CHURCH * A building used for public Christian worship. Use more specific type where known. back
monument INDUSTRIAL * This is the top term for the class. See INDUSTRIAL Class List for narrow terms. back
monument BREWERY * A commercial building, or buildings, used for the production of beer and other alcoholic drinks. Size may range from a single room such as a microbrewery in a public house to a complex of buildings including production line machinery for bottling. back
monument CART SHED * A building used for housing, and protecting from the weather, carts, waggons and farm implements, often open-fronted. back
monument VINERY * A glass-house or hot-house constructed for the cultivation of a grapevine. back
monument MALTINGS * A type of malt house. back
monument GARDEN * An enclosed piece of ground devoted to the cultivation of flowers, fruit or vegetables and/or recreational purposes. Use more specific type where known. back
monument SHED * A slight structure built for shelter or storage, or for use as a workshop, either attached as a lean-to to a permanent building or separate. Use more specific type where known. back
monument STABLE * A building in which horses are accommodated. back
monument RACKING ROOM * A building or room where beer is decanted from conditioning tanks, into casks or barrels. back
monument OFFICE * A building or room where business, administrative or professional activities are conducted. Use specific type where known. back

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