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Ram Brewery, London - September 2015

The_Raw

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Met up with extreme_ironing and maniac in Tooting about 8pm for some food with the intention of heading to East London to check out some cinemas. Four beers later and so much Lebanese food that we all had the meat sweats, we realised none of us could deal with going too far with so we decided to pop in here and see what's left. Although a fair bit of stuff has been stripped out and asbestos removal is in full flow we found a surprising amount of epic stuff still inside. Access is far easier than it was too which was a bonus, especially with broken ribs. We spent a couple of hours inside and there is a lot more left than shown in my photos, much better than I expected.

History (shamelessly stolen from Bhg's report :) ):

The Young’s Brewery has been a familiar local landmark for both Wandsworth residents and visitors for over 150 years. Opened in 1831, the site has contributed much to the borough’s social and historic fabric.

In 1831, Charles Allen Young and his partner Anthony Fothergill Bainbridge bought the Ram Brewery site. The new partnership suffered a serious setback in 1832 when a disastrous fire destroyed most of the brewhouse, but it was quickly rebuilt and in 1835 a new beam engine was erected inside the brewery. It is thought to be the oldest working beam engine of its kind in the world still in working condition and in its original location. It and its sister engine built in 1867, provided steam power in the brewery right up until 1976.

In 1883 another fire, started in the offices, caused extensive damage to part of the brewery and the Ram Inn. Both were rebuilt the following year.A number of animals were resident in the brewery, including a ram, a number of geese and about a dozen working draught horses.

It is claimed that the Ram Brewery was the oldest British brewery in continuous operation. At its closure in 2006, the brewery was a mix of ancient and ultra-modern plant and horses and drays were still used for local deliveries of beer within a mile or two of the brewery.

The Ram Brewery officially closed on 25th September 2006.

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12. These beam engines are the most historical machinery in here. One of them was built in 1835.



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Stay classy Oblivion State (y)


 
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Nice one Damien, was a quality evening for sure. As usual, fantastic photos. :)

 
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Colourful place that, looks like a good mooch :)

Can't beat a bit of ramrodding :D

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Cool place. I especially like the pics with the shadows on the ceiling.

 

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Defo some really cool bits remaining in this location,

Great to see Damo (y)

 

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Pretty sure we missed a lot too, now's a good time to go. Cheers for the comments (y)

 

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Pretty sure we missed a lot too, now's a good time to go. Cheers for the comments (y)
Well, we know we missed one section for sure. ;-)

 

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Liking that a lot. Lots to see and as you said you reckon you missed a lot more. Cheers for posting, not seen this before

 
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