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Ansells Brewery

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
A week ago Friday Paul. He was a friend of ours for many years and only a few years back I had a session with him at the Tybern House at one of the boss's retirements. He gave us his works number and when I phoned they said he had broken his arm and left. He started me off on Brandy and Babychamps many moons ago. Pete and Kevo worked together for a long time and when Pete was late coming home from Aldridge depot I new he had gone for a bevi with Dek. RIP Derek.
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
hi guys
how many of you worked at ansells on aston cross or how many of you can recall working there and wearing those wooden cloggs they had to wear in brown overalls working there or did you ever see them ;
as you know i lived yards from the building and in the fortys at lunch time when the bull claxton went off it was lunch time
and they all trotted along the lichfield rd from the cross in those wooden cloggs and by golly it was like and army of foot soldiers banging along the rd and queing up at thompsoms for meat some at astons 5the cake shop and the women quueing up at goldburgs for stocking and some at the butchers or going to frenchie and robinsons for the evening meals for after work ; i was fasinated bye whatching all these people marching all down the rd in clippy clot noise ;
i used to stand at the bottom of the entry of cromwell terace and one old gentle man would give me a comic every day if i was standing there
thats when the free gifts was inside he would buy a paper at lunch time from diggers and bring past a comic with a free gift inside one was a twister whizzer if any body recalls it best wishes astonian;;
 

Richard Shephard

master brummie
Hi Astonion. I worked for Ansells in the late 50/s as a drayman.i remember seeing the men in the brown coats and cloggs who worked as coopers and barrel fillers
the Brewery just finished using the horse and carts when i started their.a great place to work in them times good blokes who worked with you.
Did you ever remember about the beer tester who fell into one of the holding tanks and drowned. all the brew had to be discarded of'

All the best.
CHEERS Richard
 

Richard Shephard

master brummie
Hi Astonion. I worked for Ansells in Park lane in the late 50/s as a drayman.i remember seeing the men in the brown coats and cloggs who worked as coopers and barrel fillers<br>the Brewery just finished using the horse and carts when i started their.a great&nbsp; place&nbsp;to work in them times good blokes who worked with you.<br>Did you ever remember about the beer tester who fell into one of the holding tanks and drowned. all the brew had to be discarded of'<br><br>All the best.<br>CHEERS Richard
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
HI RICHARD;
On the subject of the beer tester i don,t recall that incidence but i do recall quite afew things on the cart driver having a heart attack at the drive inon his dray cart and how the horse was that trained at stopping on the entry red light when they was using that system
when coming back to the brewery and on the change of red to green the horse waited patiently with his master driver whilst the driver had been
laying down out cold on the cart and emediately on green the horse turned into the brewery and up the ramp of the brewery entrance to pull up and the workers discovered him unconsios and they called the ambulance
on the subject of the coopers they worked right down under neath the brewery as i recall as a nipper making those barrells
if you walked up the hill of upper portland st all the way up the hill on the pavements there was grating of that thick glass bricks which you would walk over
and on the bottom of the building for about a fift yards or more there was a arch opening with iron bars on them it woould have been about twelve inches high
and if you got down on your knees you could look through that arch window and see the coopers working and making the barrells
they was or must have been about three hundred feet or more down in the under ground at least we used to shout down to them but they could never hear you ; and the cold blow of wind would be blowing up to you and it was down there they had the war time air raid shelter for hundreds of local people
would dash when the air raid shelter went off asyou know its was a masive complex which musthave housed hundres of people
i also recall the newboiler houses and systenm they built in uper portland street and the huge pitt for the coal supplys for the all brewery
when they first built it me and col gaskin used to be stupid and thought we was super man and dare each other to jump down into the pitt
when we did do it we was worried about the over head autoatic crane coming down and scooping us up because when we jumped down into this vast pit
know one could ever see you or even of any kids or people stuck down there in the pitt s we jumped we would sink to our waist in the coal pile and we had to wriggle through it to get to he steel ladderon the wall to get and climb out up the wall as i have said it must have been at least seventy feet deep
there was an office in the yard but the bloke was never in half the time thats whenwe would creep in the yard and do our silly game of jumping down the pitt
but we was only young and stupid kids then but had we been older you would have knownit was a stupid thing to do and never would have done it
have a nice day best wishes astonian;
 

caggyken

master brummie
HI ALL
Enclosed is a picture of my father=in-law Albert PALMER and his old brewery mate Jimmy Jones. Some of you old ones may
remember them. Sadly both no longer with us.
KEN
 

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caggyken

master brummie
HI
Yes he was over the transport after many years on the delivery side. Jim was his mate on the deliveries for many years.
Iam sorting out some pictures of the years he spent on the Ansells pensioners club commitee,you may remember some
of those on them. Albert started at the brewery at the age of 14,and spent 49 years there.
KEN
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Ken will ask my brother Albert later today if he remembers either of them as he was with the brewery most of his working life. He was a checker at Aston Cross, Aldridge then Tybern road. He started at Holte street if I remember correctly?.
 

Banjo

master brummie
When I was 11yrs old in 1957 I used to lived at the "Manor Tavern" pub in Portland St. The pub is still there today. My Aunt Betty Middleham used to run it with uncle Frank. Me and my cousin Johnny used to sleep in the corner bedroom, right opposite the huge (Ansells better beer) neon sign that constantly flashed from red to red & green then off, then back to red again 24hrs a day!
 

brumgum

Proud to be a Brummie!
When I was 11yrs old in 1957 I used to lived at the "Manor Tavern" pub in Portland St. The pub is still there today. My Aunt Betty Middleham used to run it with uncle Frank. Me and my cousin Johnny used to sleep in the corner bedroom, right opposite the huge (Ansells better beer) neon sign that constantly flashed from red to red & green then off, then back to red again 24hrs a day!

Never even heard of that pub and amazed it still exists, is it any good?..
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Banjo

master brummie
Hello "Brumgum" I only ever drank Vimto there mate! I don't know what it's like today, I haven't been in the old place since 1958.
 

rigga70

New Member
hi to you all,im new on here so bear with me,my dad used to work for ansells in the 60s70,early 80s,his name was bob rigby,he was at aton first i belive then moved to aldridge ,and he was a drayman,his hoppo was frankie dennis,just wandered if any of you remembered him......thanks
 

paulyx

master brummie
cracking clip cal, i knew the 2 tonies very well, tony deane was our goalie, and a good singer. regards paul.
ps also ken bradley.
 

rigga70

New Member
Your UncleTony was a mate of my dad, Tony Deane and Micky Coleman also on there :fat:
nice one call ,he might of known my dad then cos my dad was married to tony's sister jan(my mom),like i said earlier my dad worked there for 25 years and played in the footy team in the 70s and 80s ,i always remember going to the ansells club at perry barr at the weekends when i was a young en......:emmersed:
 
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