Pubs and Breweries

About the group Help us identify and pin the hundreds of pubs and breweries captured in the Aerofilms collection and share any memories you have of them!

Created 17 April 2014

Tuesday 11th of April 2017 11:42:45 AM
Georges Brewery, by Bristol's Floating Harbour:

Friday 2nd of September 2016 10:35:59 AM
The building survives as an art gallery, brewery having closed in 2011. I remember the aroma of the brewery in 1970s and the lovely Tetley shire horses which we saw from time to time.

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 07:47:21 PM
I've enjoyed many a glass of John Smith's Magnet ales over the years but I've never before stopped to look at the brewery itself in Tadcaster. This photo also includes the Samuel Smith's brewery just down the road and I've enjoyed quite a few of those too.

Friday 29th of April 2016 10:27:40 PM
Sams' is the better one,,,,,!

Barney Rubble
Friday 29th of April 2016 10:27:40 PM
The building, bottom left is the Courage Brewery "Anchor Brewhouse". Brewing ceased there in 1981.

Leslie B
Tuesday 8th of March 2016 07:04:17 PM
Just left of centre in this picture, behind the "Victoria Palace Theatre" is the Brewery that was run by Watney Combe Reid until 1959, this was the original "Stag Brewery". Watney pubs signage often referred to Watney's "Pimlico Ales".

Leslie B
Tuesday 8th of March 2016 03:38:27 PM
Near Top left of this picture is the Hodgson's Kingston Brewery, on Brook Street, Kingston upon Thames. It was acquired by Courage & Co Ltd in 1943, and ceased Brewing in 1965. It's logo is still seen on many pubs around the S W London area.

Leslie B
Tuesday 8th of March 2016 03:32:25 PM
Sutton-in-Ashfield a town with nearly as many pubs and clubs as residents, back in the day

david allsop
Saturday 26th of December 2015 09:40:45 PM
The Old Bells Inn at Campsall (nr Doncaster) The high fronted gable end visible in the village below the church.

The church stands on higher ground.

This used to be owned and run by my great grandfather and subsequently my grandmother between 1911 and 1950 (ish)

Jon Sutton
Tuesday 17th of November 2015 01:47:15 PM

Where's Canning Town?
Saturday 31st of October 2015 09:10:33 PM
Hi- Joined this site a week or two back and this group today. See my comment about the Tilly Whim Inn at Swanage in Dorset pinned on EAW030873, if anybody is familiar and interested in that part of the world.

Chris B
Tuesday 25th of August 2015 01:40:12 PM

St Helens Pubs
Wednesday 8th of July 2015 05:21:16 PM
Hi I am looking at Kennetpans distillery and was wondering if anyone had any information on the distillery or photos of it before it be came a ruin. Many thanks.

Wednesday 15th of April 2015 12:20:57 PM
Several past and present Petersfield pubs to be seen here.

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015 08:24:12 PM

Friday 20th of February 2015 06:32:07 PM
Several old Guildford pubs visible here, as well as the brewery.

Friday 20th of February 2015 06:06:06 PM
All the past and present pubs of Leatherhead.

Tuesday 10th of February 2015 08:02:10 PM

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 08:21:27 PM

Monday 2nd of February 2015 12:06:41 AM
A number of past and present Midhurst pubs visible here.

Monday 26th of January 2015 07:54:23 PM
Several lost Midhurst pubs here: the Crown, Egmont Arms, Omnibus & Horses, Fire Brigade Arms.

Monday 26th of January 2015 07:27:28 PM
There were lots of pubs along East Street, Farnham. The sites of the Royal Oak, Seven Stars, Swan, White Hart, Eagle, Surrey Arms and Duke of Cambridge can be seen here.

Monday 26th of January 2015 07:24:11 PM
A number of lost Farnham pubs can be seen here: the Bush Tap, Ship, Royal Deer, Queen Street Tavern, Unicorn and Green Man.

Monday 26th of January 2015 07:20:30 PM
Lots of past and present Epsom pubs visible here.

Monday 26th of January 2015 07:17:07 PM
Several lost Petworth pubs are seen here: the Swan Hotel, Old Square Tavern, Red Lion, Queen's Head, and the still-present Star.

Monday 26th of January 2015 07:09:38 PM
Several ex-pubs in Petworth are visible here: the Angel Shades, Red Lion, White Hart and Queen's Head.

Monday 26th of January 2015 06:48:51 PM
The Ind Coope brewery, Romford. Closed in 1992 and now the location of a shopping mall, creatively called, The Brewery.

Somewhere behind the smog sits the Golden Lion PH, which is still open today and features the original arch leading to the coach area and stables.

Tuesday 20th of January 2015 05:28:08 PM
The Crown Pub still stands today.

Roneo works burned down in 1969. I watched the fire as a child from my bedroom window.

Friday 16th of January 2015 04:32:00 PM
I've pinned the pub in Southwark, London, where I was raised in the 50's and 60's. It's been demolished since and the Financial Times building now sits on the site which is adjacent to Southwark Bridge (south). The pub was called the Windmill and it was tied to Courage's brewery which had a bottling/distribution plant very close by. Our customers were mostly dockers and men from the various industries close by; these included printers, foundry workers, and employees from Oxo. A poor neighbouring pub at the time was another Courage pub called The Anchor. It was always a very quiet pub until the the whole area was revitalised after the collapse of the docks, wharves and warehouses. The Anchor Tavern became and still is one of the coolest pubs in he area.

Wednesday 12th of November 2014 02:55:30 PM

Wednesday 12th of November 2014 09:26:15 AM
This is the image I pinned earlier

Sunday 9th of November 2014 04:44:52 PM
Hi I'm Blackburn from the Leeds area,I've only found this site today & have already pinned a couple of pubs from the area where I grew up, If you look in the Leeds area around Quarry hill flats you should find them. The Hope Inn one is interesting to me cos my grand parents lived in a yard right next door to the pub, Ive also noticed a brewery called Hammonds which was nearby but not pinned it yet

Sunday 9th of November 2014 04:20:49 PM
The Golden Farm as it was. It became the Golden Farm Public House when the Beeches Estate was developed

Tuesday 29th of July 2014 08:00:16 AM
I took a photo of this pub near Bushey Park - I haven't found it from the air yet. The Duke's Head. boarded up.

Sunday 13th of July 2014 01:14:20 PM
Matthew Brown & Co. Ltd. was founded at Pole Street, Preston in 1830. It moved to the Lion Brewery on Coniston Road, Blackburn in 1927, following the acquisition of Nuttall & Co.

Matthew Brown was acquired by Scottish & Newcastle Breweries in 1987 and ceased brewing in 1991.

Wednesday 2nd of July 2014 01:09:52 PM
John Joule & Sons Ltd. was founded in 1780 and acquired by Bass Charrington in 1968. The brewery was closed down in 1972.

Tuesday 1st of July 2014 04:08:16 PM
Castle Brewery, Bridge Road, Stockton-on-Tees. Opened in 1858 by WK. & J. Kirk and closed c1930 ,not demolished until 1969.

Grey Horse Hotel, The Vane Arms Hotel, William the Fourth Hotel, The Black Lion Hotel, The Greyhound - all demolished

Theatre Hotel, Garrick Hotel, The Red Lion - still open

J May
Wednesday 25th of June 2014 01:48:47 PM
SAW017828 Moss-side Inn Greenock Road Paisley

The Inn was located just outside the Burgh Boundary of the Town of Paisley, Renfrewshire. Pubs within the town had different hours from those outwith so it was common practise for folks to get the last Bus out of town to the Moss-side to take advantage of the later open hours.

The Pub was located on the perimeter of Royal Navy Airbase HMS Sanderling which became Glasgow Airport in the mid 60's. With the building of the M8 Motorway and the extension of the main runway of the airport the Pub was demolished and now lies under Junction 28A of the M8

Sunday 22nd of June 2014 12:06:52 AM
The Fleur de Lys Pub in Nuneaton, still there today!

Natasha Scullion
Saturday 7th of June 2014 12:28:51 PM
Yes and no. It is there, but the pub in the picture isnt the same one that is there today.

Saturday 7th of June 2014 12:28:51 PM
Shows Higgins & Sons Ltd., Castle Brewery now the Higgins Museum, Bedford, 02/06/2014

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 11:10:35 AM
Royal George Pub (formerly the Boars Head)

Occupying a Grade II listed building, this pub has been trading since the mid-19th century. It has always played a significant role in local life, and used to house spring ‘Mop Fairs’, events staged for the hiring of agricultural labourers and domestic staff. It was also a popular meeting place for local organisations, among which were the ‘Ancient Order of Foresters Lodge’, who, on a certain day each June, would arrive in town on horseback dressed as Robin Hood, and would stop at every pub before going to the church for a service.

In 2004, the Royal George hit local newspaper headlines in a controversy over the origin of its name – was the pub named after a ship, or after a monarch? Subsequent research revealed maritime connections, but a definitive answer has never been established.

Completely refurbished in recent years, the Royal George has been reinvented as a fusion between traditional pub and Mediterranean-style restaurant, a combination that continues its longstanding popularity with the town’s locals and visitors.

Beata Bradford
Thursday 29th of May 2014 08:44:40 PM
Royal George Pub today.

Britain from Above
Thursday 29th of May 2014 08:44:40 PM
The Swan Inn

Dating back to the 1600s, this is one of the oldest buildings in Tockington.

Beata Bradford
Thursday 29th of May 2014 08:41:57 PM
The Swan Inn today.

Beata Bradford
Thursday 29th of May 2014 08:41:57 PM
Benskins Brewery in Watford High Street. The Brewery is long gone, but the office building still exists.

Roy Cousins
Wednesday 28th of May 2014 08:01:52 AM

Sarah Hoile
Wednesday 21st of May 2014 11:57:16 PM
some history of the Wrekin Brewery:

Andrew Bennett
Wednesday 21st of May 2014 11:57:16 PM
There has been a brewery at Mortlake since the year dot. I remember it from the '60's when Watneys had it. I think it is now called the Stag Brewery and lager is brewed and or bottled there.

Sunday 4th of May 2014 04:52:47 PM

Lynda Tubbs
Wednesday 30th of April 2014 02:45:05 PM
Pubs and Breweries in Aerofilms images

Pubs, and the breweries that supply them, have been a cornerstone of communities throughout England, Wales and Scotland. However, in recent years the number of establishments has fallen into decline, with many pubs closing every week.

The Britain from Above collection has thousands of images of cities, towns and villages showing everyday life for people in the 20th century. Users of the Britain from Above site have been fantastic at identifying key locations and features and sharing memories and now we have a slightly different challenge:

How many pubs and breweries can be identified within the Britain from Above collection? Many may not exist today and we’d like to try and find out which ones are captured in our photographs. If you can find places you recognise, let us know by ‘pinning’ them and sharing any memories you have of the place.

Sarah Hoile
Monday 28th of April 2014 10:21:22 AM

Sarah Hoile
Thursday 24th of April 2014 03:56:18 PM
Lft has pinned the New Inn, a 17th century coaching inn, in this photo of Lechlade on Thames.

Sarah Hoile
Thursday 24th of April 2014 02:49:57 PM
This view of Falkirk includes Aitken's Brewery. More information on the Falkirk Local History Society website:

Sarah Hoile
Thursday 24th of April 2014 02:33:57 PM
Showing Pont y Capel Brewery. This had been demolished before I was familiar with the area in the early 1960's.

Thursday 17th of April 2014 07:09:01 PM