Worksop Archaeological and Local History Society

by | 21 May 2022 | Heritage, Worksop

The March meeting of Worksop Archaeological and Local History Society took place at the Poplars Church and was the first of the spring meetings starting at 7.30pm instead of the earlier times for winter meetings.

John Stocks gave an illustrated talk about the history of the Worksop and Retford Brewer which he and his co-speaker Dave Pickersgill had researched in great detail, travelling around to archives, early sites of the brewery under different names and the varied range of products produced over the years.

Since medieval times malting had been one of Worksop’s most important trades due to the suitability of the land for growing the barley used in the brewing process and also having ample access to water from the River Ryton. In 1831 it was recorded as having 40 maltsters. There are very few buildings around now that show the existence of the maltkilns and cowls that made the buildings so distinctive.

Their talk centred mainly on the Brewery business itself, from starting in Priorswell / Kilton Road as Garside and Alderson until 1877 when they acquired various other businesses in Sheffield and surrounding areas and incorporated different types of beer, pale ale, even whisky at one time into their products. Ultimately the business was taken over by Tennant Bros in Sheffield in 1959, with brewing ceasing in the town one year later.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday 26th May at 7.30pm. Doors will open at 7.00pm with tea and coffee available. There is adequate parking behind the building. Sam Glasswell will present ‘Archaeological Excavations at Raymoth Lane’.
Group meetings are quite informal and visitors or new members are all welcome. Membership only costs £6.00 for the year and each meeting costs £2.00, whilst visitors would pay £3.00. Meetings usually take place on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7.30pm (2.30pm for months December to February).