History of James Shipstone and Sons Ltd. at Basford in the county of Nottinghamshire. Research is augmented with photographs, beer labels, pump clips, stories of local folklore, newspaper articles and a genealogy connections section for those studying their family history.


James Shipstone and Sons Ltd.
James Shipstone and Sons Ltd.

Some History on this Brewery
It is with great regret I have to declare that, being from the Black Country, I never did try the beers from this brewery. I say regret because whenever you mention 'Shippo's' to anyone from the city of Nottingham they all say how much they enjoyed the ales. Sad therefore that the much missed large concern should fall victim to another takeover by Greenall Whitley who also robbed us Black Country folk of our beloved Simpkiss Brewery.

The Star Brewery - which still stands today - operated in New Basford. The firm was founded by James Shipstone in 1852. Visible for miles around, the Red Star of the brewery became a very familiar landmark.

Independent status was lost in 1978 when Greenall's of Warrington acquired the company. Just like other Greenall takeovers, the Star Brewery came under threat from the very beginning. The Warrington firm closed the Wem Brewery in Shropshire, Davenport's in Birmingham and August 31st 1990 the company announced that brewing would cease at Basford. Proof, if any were needed, that they were only really interested in the estate of 280 pubs. The Star Brewery finally closed in 1991.
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Shipstone's Star Brewery at New Basford [2006]

Genealogy Connections
If you have a genealogy story or query regarding this brewery you can contact me and I will post it here in addition to including your message within the website pages for Nottinghamshire Genealogy.

Shipstone's Dray Lorry
Photo by Dave Stickland

Shipstone's Guinness Bottle Label [c.1950's]

David Rains Wallace by Betsy Kendall
“Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire.”
David Rains Wallace

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