A most unlikely brewery

Week 21

Or rather, not so much that the brewery was unlikely, but that the building in its present form looks nothing like the normal brewery layout. In fact this was Alfred Eadon’s Plant Brewery in the centre of Doncaster, and when functioning had a mass of ventilation louvres on its curving exterior – now replaced by windows – and several attached buildings rising up to the rear. Who’da thunk it. Last week I stopped in Doncaster – where the light was an awful bright whiteness, but at least not raining – on the way down to Birmingham. There I headed west to the old Mitchells & Butlers site, Cape Hill Brewery, now almost all housing. What survives is the war memorial, in front of the former brewery fire station. Not far away up hill in Smethwick is the now neglected Waterloo pub, one of M&B’s flagships, currently vacant. Now back to work on finalising book illustrations – currently have sorted out about a quarter of what’s necessary, but that’s nearly enough to begin constructing the book around.

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