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Birmingham's last tower brewery building

Pedrocut

Master Barmy
Edit - extracts in this and the following 3 posts have been copied to this thread from the Saltley thread.

A couple of screenshots taken from Morturn’s video showing the roof garden on top of the derelict building. The water feature is looking good and the native silver birch trees are coming on well.
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mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
For those not familiar with Brum, the first building in the shoot (mentioned by Pedrocut) is the old City Brewery on Cato St
 

Phil

Retired Layabout
Yes the two main buildings shown in the clip are still there (just about), obviously if they are listed the Council are waiting for them to fall down. As has been stated the old brewery in Cato Street North started out as the Vale of Evesham Brewery and then the Midland Brewery when it was bought out by Holders Brewery .........
 
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Hermanw

Brummie babby
Old Mill, on Cato Street North, still standing derelict. its even got a roof top garden,,
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View from Inside J H Richards

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This is a view from Cato Street North,

This Cato Street North was quite popular apparently, it was all residential housing but now there is not one single house all commercial / industrial premises
 

Heartland

master brummie
With the loss of established brewers and the new methods of brewing has consigned the tower system of brewing to history. Yet the is still one building that survives in Cato Street North that once was a brewery.
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The Ordnance survey of 1903 confirms the status as a brewery

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cookie273uk

master brummie
I was born (June 1930) next door to a tower Brewery, Atkinson's Brewery Queens Rd Aston, they actually owned the house. Incidentally they allowed the locals to use its cellars as a shelter during the war. I think it was demolished during the 60's
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
It was City Brewery. Here it is in 1956. An interesting structure to house the tower brewing system. Looks in a sorry state today. Viv.

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Radiorails

master brummie
I think this is the same place as shown in another thread. The other thread includes photos from above - nicely showing the 'roof garden'.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Thanks for the pointer Alan. I’ve copied extracts from 4 relevant posts to this thread. I think this building deserves its own thread given its history and current state. Viv.
 

Heartland

master brummie
Hutton Brothers commenced brewing in Cato Street North in 1883. This brewery was completed in 1890 and that year Huttons Brewery ltd was established to run the Birmingham City Brewery. The property included the Rob Roy Stores fronting Cato Street North. The City Brewery was advertised for sale in 1900 and subsequently became the Vale of Evesham brewery. the clear out sale of brewery plant was on July 15th 1909.
 

Pedrocut

Master Barmy
Hutton Brothers commenced brewing in Cato Street North in 1883. This brewery was completed in 1890 and that year Huttons Brewery ltd was established to run the Birmingham City Brewery. The property included the Rob Roy Stores fronting Cato Street North. The City Brewery was advertised for sale in 1900 and subsequently became the Vale of Evesham brewery. the clear out sale of brewery plant was on July 15th 1909.
In November 1868 the Birmingham Daily Gazette reports, in its “election notes,” various meeting
places. One being The Brewery, Cato Street.
 
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