John Smiths Brewery, Tadcaster by fishers

John Smiths Brewery, Tadcaster

A shot from Katharine today, with this view of John Smiths Brewery. Tadcaster is home to not just one brewery, but three - John Smiths, Samuel Smiths and Coors, and brewing is believed to have taken place since the 14th century, due to high quality and easily accessible local water supplies.

John Smith acquired an earlier brewery in 1852. The timing was to prove fortuitous; pale ales were displacing porter as the beer of choice, and Tadcaster's hard water proved to be well-suited for brewing the new style. The prosperity of the 1850s and 1860s, together with the arrival of the railways, realised greater opportunities for brewers, and John Smith employed eight men in his brewing and malting enterprise by 1861.

John Smith died in 1879, at a time when the business was growing rapidly. A new modern brewery was built in 1883-4 at the cost of £130,000 (£9.7 million in 2013 prices), and it is that building shown in this shot, with its beautiful stonework and decoration.

By the beginning of the 20th century the brewery was considered to be one of the best-run in Britain, and was described as 'a byword for first-class management'.

The company continued to grow during the 20th century, often through acquisitions of other breweries, which in many cases were then closed and production transferred to Tadcaster. In 1953 the firm became a public company, with fixed assets of around £5 million, 1,000 licensed premises and around 1,100 employees. As a result of continued acquisitions, by 1967 John Smith's was the third largest regional brewer in the country after Courage and Scottish & Newcastle, with fixed assets of £30 million.

The company was taken over by Courage in 1970 and they extended distribution of the brewery's products into the South of England. Courage was acquired by Scottish & Newcastle in 1995, and the operations were purchased by Heineken in 2008.

The brewery continues to be a major employer in Tadcaster.

Ian
Super capture and history of this company...
November 25th, 2021  
I guess it was all in the Smith family back in the day! Great capture and history
November 25th, 2021  
magnificent building and history
November 25th, 2021  
Wonderful capture!!
November 25th, 2021  
Fantastic shot!
November 25th, 2021  
Great shot
November 25th, 2021  
A lovely old building, great capture
November 25th, 2021  
lovely building
November 25th, 2021  
Such an interesting looking building
November 25th, 2021  
What a lovely characterful building, they don’t make them like they used to! Great shot.
November 25th, 2021  
Very nice shot
November 25th, 2021  
Great looking building and interesting history
November 25th, 2021  
Great view and capture of this nice building. Love it when there is a long history to tell about. Fav.
November 25th, 2021  
Fav.
November 26th, 2021  
Beautiful shot and story. Nothing like a good pint of beer while having a chat. Beautiful architecture too.
November 26th, 2021  
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Thank you for all your lovely comments and favs. I'm a fan of the Victorians, their buildings and ingenuity.

Katharine
November 26th, 2021  
Impressive
November 29th, 2021  
@vesna0210

Thank you Vesna, we found lots of interesting places in Tadcaster.

Ian
December 5th, 2021  
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