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Ansells Brewery

Hi, yes it was originally owned by the Holt family also some pubs in Aston were built by them, not sure what year. Ansells bought them out along with their pubs. My dad was Transport forman there for a few years. Ken Hanson. If you walk around Aston Cross, and look up at some of the Victorian looking buildings you will see the name of (Holt) in the brickwork.
It was owned by the Fulford family - see https://www.midlandspubs.co.uk/birmingham/index.html#Holt-Brewery-Company
Note: although the company was bought by Ansell's the office continued to operate with a degree of autonomy.
 

Stevehanson

master brummie
Hi Steve, think you might remember my dad Joe learnihan , better known as (Mad Joe ).He worked at Ansells for over 30 years, his backman was Jimmy Kelly. Dad and Jim trained me up on the Drays,and I worked there for about 17 years and I'm sure we've worked together during my time there . When I started there I was backman for Ron Yates, I still see Ron from time to time, and its always good to catch up. Danny Baker was great to work with always giving me grief about the Villa. We sadly lost my dad last year aged 84 but he'd talk about Ansells for hours, always about the laughs he had with Johnny Flint Birdy, Benny Cashmore, and the Cook brothers, to name just a few. Dad never had anything bad to say about Ansells, just fond memories of good mates. On my first morning working there someone said when I walked in "oh my God it's Leo Sayer" i had a bit of a mullet back then, and the name struck. I'm known as Shiny nowadays the hairs long gone. I'll try and post some of the old photos from the brewery but bare with me as I'm not great at this kind of thing.
Steve hanson and Kurt Kelly,
 

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G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Will show this photo to Pete to see if he remembers you two. I am sure I have heard your names come up in conversation when chatting with my brother Albert Lyndon who was a checker at Ansells then moved to Aldridge and Gravelly Park depots as did Pete.
 

Stevehanson

master brummie
Will show this photo to Pete to see if he remembers you two. I am sure I have heard your names come up in conversation when chatting with my brother Albert Lyndon who was a checker at Ansells then moved to Aldridge and Gravelly Park depots as did Pete.
Hi, i think we have spoke in past, how is Pete and Albert these days. Can you pass this information on to Pete and Albert, Sadly Joe Lernihan (mad Joe) has passed away and John Welch (my back man at Aldridge Depot has had a triple bypass twelve months ago. Regards Steve.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Thanks Steve yes I remember speaking before now. Only yesterday did I have a chat to Albert and he is not too bad now. He suffered a stroke five months ago and is recovering from another cancer!!. Fourth time. Pete said sorry to hear about Joe and glad John is recovering from his triple bypass. Have some photos somewhere from the Aldridge locker room with a few of the workers.
 

Stevehanson

master brummie
Thanks Steve yes I remember speaking before now. Only yesterday did I have a chat to Albert and he is not too bad now. He suffered a stroke five months ago and is recovering from another cancer!!. Fourth time. Pete said sorry to hear about Joe and glad John is recovering from his triple bypass. Have some photos somewhere from the Aldridge locker room with a few of the workers.
Hi, can you tell Pete and Albert that I meet with Danny Baker quite often as he lives not far from me also Dave Pearce who is now in his lower 80s, a bloke Pete will know for sure was standing in front of me with his daughter at the coop ATM in Lichfield the other day, (Larry) don't know his last name but he's the one who would keep giving you sweets, very quiet man lived in Erdington. He told me his wife had passed away and he and his daughter were moving to the East Coast I think Norfolk. It's been twenty one years since I left Ansells come June this year and the time has passed so fast. I was 22 when I started at Ansells and now I'm 72, can't believe it. Tell Pete I found a large collection of the Ansels Argosy and on one of the pages is a photo of him posing with the fishing club. Take care steve.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Hi, can you tell Pete and Albert that I meet with Danny Baker quite often as he lives not far from me also Dave Pearce who is now in his lower 80s, a bloke Pete will know for sure was standing in front of me with his daughter at the coop ATM in Lichfield the other day, (Larry) don't know his last name but he's the one who would keep giving you sweets, very quiet man lived in Erdington. He told me his wife had passed away and he and his daughter were moving to the East Coast I think Norfolk. It's been twenty one years since I left Ansells come June this year and the time has passed so fast. I was 22 when I started at Ansells and now I'm 72, can't believe it. Tell Pete I found a large collection of the Ansels Argosy and on one of the pages is a photo of him posing with the fishing club. Take care steve.
Steve I think it was Larry Kettle who was on our caravan site too. He was always giving out sweets there too. Pete still has the photo of the fishing club with a tiny Jack Russell dog in it and Albert too. Will let him know about Dave Pearce when he comes back from his brothers. We still bump into Jimmy Kindon and his wife Jackie.
 

nexusdjl

New Member
Picture of a Yeast Press at Ansells year unknown, can we put names to faces?

My dad (Sid Lovell) who is not on this picture worked at Ansells for 25 years, I (David Lovell) did 2 years in the temp pool 1972/4 then got transferred to Grants of St James on Lichfield Road
 

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Edifi

master brummie
In 1975 a Pen Pal of my brothers aVilla fan came over from BERGAN came over to see the Villa play and meet some of the team.Knowing Charlie Tabbener of the Supporters Cluband Ex Ansells .He arranged a visit for us We were showed all around the brewery and finished up in the directors room.On the wall was a tap and on the table were glasses.We were told to enjoy ourselves ,have a drink and leave the glasses on the table.Being a driver I had about 2 halves but had to carry my brother p Pen Pal (Canute )to the car.Said he had never tasted beer like it
 

JohnO

master brummie
In 1975 a Pen Pal of my brothers aVilla fan came over from BERGAN came over to see the Villa play and meet some of the team.Knowing Charlie Tabbener of the Supporters Cluband Ex Ansells .He arranged a visit for us We were showed all around the brewery and finished up in the directors room.On the wall was a tap and on the table were glasses.We were told to enjoy ourselves ,have a drink and leave the glasses on the table.Being a driver I had about 2 halves but had to carry my brother p Pen Pal (Canute )to the car.Said he had never tasted beer like it
During the early 70’s, I’d heard about the tap on the wall, but never knew if it was true, or just a myth. Ta Edifi!
 

Robert Ensor (bob)

master brummie
Does any one recall a guy known as "Tiny" and of course he was big and tall worked at Ansells in the 70's for sure, he rode a motorcycle and wore a long tan coat his job was BEER TASTER !!.

Then would come out at night and sink a few, this was a big man so a few beers was just that, he maintained he really did not drink that much at work,
 
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