An ancestor of the aforementioned Mr James Snape had previously owned a brewery at Barrel Well Hill in Boughton- which, during the 18th century also offered cold baths "with a reputation for health-giving properties".
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The brewery had presumably moved to King Street by that time.
The Abbey Brewhouse produced ale for the monks of Chester Abbey, now the Cathedral, and also probably for sale in the town. It was acquired by the Albion Brewery Co Ltd of Wigan c.1890.
"The Northgate Brewery was a good company to work for...
I remember being told to go up to the brewer's office with my best friend Winnie for a spoon full of yeast to get rid of our pimples... " May Williams who worked at the brewery during the war years.
The Lion Brewery, Pepper Street, was founded in 1642.
It was registered in May 1896 to acquire the business of Thomas Montgomery with 40 public houses. The building was demolished in 1969 and replaced by a multi-storey car park.
In 1871 there were 13 breweries in Chester, of which seven appear to have been pub breweries. Of the commercial breweries, the three biggest were Edward Russell Seller & Co.
in Foregate Street, the Lion Brewery in Pepper Street, and the Chester Northgate Brewery next to the Northgate.
The lack of other pubs in the area led to a great deal of public objection, but nevertheless, it was demolished in July 1999 and the houses duly built.
1818-20 as Warburgh's Lane and lists this tavern- licencee C Ladmore- as trading there. This popular community pub closed, apparently for good, with the retirement of its longtime licencees Joe and Helen Gildea on New Year's Day 2014. (an inn, I assume) where he was then lodging during the Chester July Fair of that year". The Hat & Beaver's landlord in 1778 was Thomas Hill- but where was it?
The Northgate Brewery may have closed forty years ago but Northgate Ale is back, thanks to local brewer John Murray.