Old Photographs & Drawings of Chester
Some Views of the Northgate Brewery part I On to part II
The Northgate Brewery was founded in 1760 at the Golden Falcon Inn. A new brewery complex was built on the site in the 1850s and the Chester Northgate Brewery Co Ltd was registered in March 1885 as a limited liability company to acquire the business of the same name at the purchase price of £50,000.
"The Northgate Brewery was a good company to work for... I remember being told to go up to the brewer's office with my best friend Winnie for a spoon full of yeast to get rid of our pimples... it never worked!" May Williams who worked at the brewery during the war years.
You can learn more about the history of the Northgate Brewery here...
The entrance to the Northgate Brewery on Northgate Street, photographed from the top of the Northgate.
All of the buildings beyond the brewery gates, remarkably, remain with us today but note the lack of a clock on the Town Hall..
The rear of the brewery shortly before demolition, viewed from the City Walls
The rear of the brewery in Canning Street, viewed from the City Walls. The King Charles Court housing development stands here today.
|A view of the Northgate Brewery from the City Walls. The Northgate can be seen on the far left. What a pity that it is efforts weren't made to adapt this handsome building for housing or business, such as was done at the Steam Mill on Canalside, instead of erecting the hideous Centurion House in its place...|
The entrance to the old brewery from Northgate Street
Looking towards Northgate Street from the brewery yard 1969
The brewery yard in 1969
Chester College rag mag advertisment 1958
Two rather fuzzy views of the brewery yard and a fine pair of early Scammells.
The Northgate Brewery may have closed forty years ago but Northgate Ale is back, thanks to local brewer John Murray! "Although I am slightly too young to have sampled Northgate, I know of it well and many more senior friends and neighbours speak very fondly of it. I discovered that many of the brewery records had been lodged with Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.
A couple of Northgate Brewery advertisments that appeared in the long-defunct Chester Courant in 1903
One small part of the Northgate Brewery still exists- but not in its original location. Here is the brewery's well room
reconstructed in the beautiful Ness Botanic Gardens on the Wirral. Photograph by the author, April 2014
Do you have any photographs or reminisciences of Chester's Northgate Brewery? We'd love to hear from you- email us!
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