All good things come to an end, and that includes Burton's glorious years as the frontrunners for the global brewing industry. Even though there were a few occasions when the great trade of the county was threatened and thrown into turbulences over jealousies, competitions, and sometimes just sloppy fact-checking, nothing deterred the brewers. However, it was the events … [Read more...] about BURTON UPON TRENT’S BREWING HERITAGE (PART IV)
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Burton is known for brewing. The town originally grew up around Burton Abbey. Burton Bridge was also the site of two battles, in 1322 when Edward II defeated the rebel Earl of Lancaster and 1643 when royalists captured the town during the First English Civil War.
The New Age This series has been quite a challenge, and we should catch up here. In the last one, Allsopp partnered with its neighbor Ind Coope in 1934, and Bass seized up Worthington in 1927. Marston, Thompson and Evershed Ltd birthed in 1905. And by 1945, Burton was home to a staggering five breweries, including Truman, Hanbury and Buxton, and Everards. The last … [Read more...] about BURTON UPON TRENT’S BREWING HERITAGE (PART V)
Of all the wars of comparable length and severity in the past European conflicts, the damage to British commerce in Napoleonic wars stands out. Since the direct trading routes to the Baltic were blocked, on account of Napoleon’s Continental System, British trade to Northern Europe came to a standstill. However, the trade was resumed in 1814, only to be shut down again in 1822. … [Read more...] about BURTON UPON TRENT’S BREWING HERITAGE (PART III)
Early common brewers and their legacy Considered as either the father of one of the great early brewers of Burton ale or perhaps himself as one, Benjamin Wilson was a man of honor. Nonetheless, he was, indubitably, the pioneer of the most reputed family-owned firm and the staple trade of Burton. Benjamin founded a trade that was all-new for its simple community, set up an … [Read more...] about BURTON UPON TRENT’S BREWING HERITAGE (PART II)
Paget’s influence and town affairs The ancient records show that almost all of the trades had been lost to Burton by the mid 18th century either due to the lack of required machinery and capital or eclipsed by the competing industries elsewhere in the British Isles. It was here, however, after an irritating run-in with the Lancashire rioters in 1779, in the busy … [Read more...] about BURTON’S HISTORY DURING THE PERIOD 1500-1800 (PART PART IV)
It is a commonly repeated fact that the ancient monasteries, abbeys, and the other religious institutions acquired their brewhouses from the 8th century through to the 13th century imprecisely. Monks were the ones among a handful of pre-eminent groups, during these middle ages, who kept systematic records of their brewing pursuits. Historians attribute monks with … [Read more...] about BURTON UPON TRENT’S BREWING HERITAGE (PART I)
Socio-economic conditions The turn of 16th century in England started out with the expansion of exports and cities, the formidable rise of Martin Luther’s dissent, Leonardo da Vinci’s prolific sketches of the helicopter, and with the discovery of Pacific Ocean by Magellan. Although the world around them was by no means static, it seemed for the people of Burton that they … [Read more...] about BURTON’S HISTORY DURING THE PERIOD 1500-1800 (PART III)
It is quite strange to think that those Englishmen who took pride in being part of a nation that knows how to eloquently converse, undertake actions with profound gentleness, and hideaway disgust with diplomacy, had to go to war with each other like savages. Without doubt, the so-called ‘English Civil War,’ as it has come to be known, is a fallacious term seeing that the strife … [Read more...] about BURTON’S HISTORY DURING THE PERIOD 1500-1800 (PART II)
In the two centuries before the Industrial Revolution, regardless of the uplift in commerce through developments in trade, agriculture, and industry, England suffered poor economic conditions for a better part of the century. The nation seems to have suffered from a stumbling block in managing its economic policies. An example of it lays in the fact that the finances of the … [Read more...] about BURTON’S HISTORY DURING THE PERIOD 1500-1800 (PART I)
How Burton Abbey has developed with time The history of Burton abbey is riddled with confusion and mayhem. Over the years, the abbey’s inherent weaknesses in administration and spirituality have done more damage to it than could be expected. After the suppression of monasteries by Henry VIII, several Benedictine abbeys underwent a great deal of destruction at a shocking … [Read more...] about Burton Upon Trent History : How Burton Abbey has developed with time