Hardys and Hansons Brewery
Visited with @Urbexbandoned. After checking out some other potential new sites in the area that day and having no luck with those, we found ourselves near here and
decided to swing by and have a look. Was quite surprised to find that it still had quite a bit to be seen despite the fact that demolition seemed to be well under way, and a new housing development was slowly eating into another little piece of British brewing history rectangle monopoly house at a time.
The History (Stolen)
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.
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Out and about looking for derps, drove past this interesting place by the roadside, turns out the cottage was lasted used as an office for a small firm.
Quite shit, but hey worth a couple pics
Not the best, but far from the worst I've done, still another one ticked off the list and a 40 min explore done
Seeing Landie mans report spurred me on to visit this stunning lump of 1930s building situated right in the middle of Leicester on Bishops Street. After getting in with a bit of a faff and a lot of noise we found ourselves in the main hall as the sky brightened, and what a wonderful place this is. It closed in 2008 after being bought by Leicester City Council and the future, subject to planning permission is conversion into yet more awful student accomodation. The developers had hoped to have it ready in September 2014 but it obviously didn't happen.
I loved this place, it's truly stunning. Visited with OverArch and jo on a day full of top class derping.
Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157650463447332/
Wow. Just Wow.
This place is incredible; I could have spent a whole day in here and camped over! My God, why do they not build such luscious Post Offices anymore?!
This Art Deco Post Office in The Midlands in England opened in 1935 and was built from coarse grained De Lank Granite.
By 1954 this was the first post office in the UK to have a machine that informed package senders the postage to anywhere in the world.
The site closed its doors in November 2007 and has sat ever since. It costs the taxpayer Ã‚Â£30,000 a year and was sold to the City Council for Ã‚Â£1.4 Million ($2.12 Million) in 2008
There was talk about demolition to make way for student accommodation. I would be very sad if that happened.
Please excuse my awful, noisy photos.
Sorry about the noise, will return soon!