Cannon/Stones Brewery (Day& Night pics) Sheffield-July2014

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Northantz_Urbex

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I had been here before last year and on arrival met 3 lads who were on the roof taking pictures in the day time and they said how good the views were at night, but on this occasion we couldn't stay late enough to get to see the views so a few weeks back i decided to take another trip back and stay there until it got dark to get some good night pics and i can say now the lads were spot on it was a saturday night and we were up there a good 4 hours neary i took a few beers up and enjoyed the views :) through the day we went round the whole factory and when it started to get dark we went shop got some cold beers then went back to chill on the roof, its had its share of vandalism but some of the graffiti is amazing some very nice work there and also makes some nice pictures.

Here is the history from the trusty wikipedia :p

Stones Brewery (William Stones Ltd) was a regional brewery founded in 1868 by William Stones in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England and purchased by Bass Brewery in 1968. After its closure in 1999 its major brand, Stones Bitter, has continued to be produced by the Molson Coors Brewing Company.

William Stones had started brewing in 1847 in Sheffield with Joseph Watts. Following Watts' death in 1854 Stones continued brewing by himself. In 1868 he purchased the lease of the Neepsend Brewery, and renamed it the Cannon Brewery, and he continued to brew there until his death in 1894. Stones' success saw him die as one of the richest men in Sheffield, although he lived a modest life. The company was taken over by Bass in 1968, then in 2000 Bass sold its brewing operations to the Belgian brewer Interbrew who were ordered by the Competition Commission to sell the Stones brand. In 2002, the brand was purchased by the American Coors Brewing Company, who merged to become Molson Coors in 2005.

Stones Bitter was brewed at the Cannon Brewery from 1948 and was popular with Sheffield's steel workers. Stones Bitter was originally available across the south of Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, with distribution extended to the rest of the north of England in 1977, and nationwide from 1979, accompanied by a considerable marketing push. Increasing demand saw it also brewed at other Bass breweries from the 1970s onwards. The beer's popularity reached its apex in 1992 when it was the country's highest selling bitter, selling over a million barrels.[3] The beer has been lauded in certain quarters as "one of Sheffield's most famous exports". After the Cannon's closure production was continued elsewhere. Keg Stones Bitter (3.7 per cent alcohol by volume) is brewed by Molson Coors at their brewery in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire and the canned product is brewed at their Burton upon Trent brewery.

Stones notably sponsored the Rugby Football League Championship and its successor the Rugby Super League from 1986 until 1997. A well known series of television advertisements for the brand, starring Tony Barton and Michael Angelis, became the longest running bitter advertisements in the country, running from 1983 until 1991. Since the withdrawal of the majority of marketing support by Bass in 1997 in favour of the Worthington ale brand, the beer has experienced a marked decline in sales volumes, although it remains among the twenty highest selling ale brands in the United Kingdom.

On to some photos :)

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Hope its not too many pics for you all if so sorry in advance any ways thanks for looking and hope you all enjoyed it :)
 

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Never too many pics! I think I'm in love! :p
This place looks amazing, so far from me, but deffo worth the pilgrimage! Love a bit of industrial porn!
Thanks so much for sharing! :)
 

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This is still on my to do list - now Ive seen your images its gone to the top. Night shots are fantastic. Brilliant!
 

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