History of Mansfield Brewery Co. Ltd. of Littleworth 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.


Mansfield Brewery Co. Ltd.
Mansfield Brewery Co. Ltd.

Some History on this Brewery
The Mansfield Brewery was founded in 1855 when the Sheffield brewer John Watson formed a partnership with farmer Samuel Hage and William Edward Baily, an investor based in Mansfield. The partnership acquired land at Littleworth for the construction of a new brewery.

John Watson soon sold his shares to the other two original partners. In 1873 the company was joined by Addison Titley and fourteen years later by William Jackson Chadburn, the brother-in-law of William Baily who would later have a beer, Old Baily, named after him.

By the end of the Victorian period, the brewery operated an estate of 72 licensed premises. Expansion of tied outlets resulted in the construction of a new brewery in the mid-Edwardian period.

Mansfield Golden Drop          Mansfield Strong Ale

In 1934 Mansfield Brewery Company Ltd. acquired the Chesterfield Brewery. In the following year the company went public.

North Country Breweries of Humberside was acquired in 1985. The 212 tied houses made up almost half of the company's tied estate of licensed houses. By this time the company was still concentrating on keg and lager products but during this decade cask-conditioned ales were once again being produced at Littleworth. The three core beers were Mansfield Bitter, Riding Bitter and Old Baily.

The company survived a takeover bid by Pubmaster but, in 1999, the company was acquired by Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries Ltd. The new owners quickly moved production to the Park Brewery in Wolverhampton, thus losing the distinctive flavour of the Mansfield beers. The brewery was closed in 2002 and the site cleared six years later.

Mansfield Brewery at Littleworth [c.1926]

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