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Oakwell Brewery's Demolition Starts

Tuesday November 12 2013


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OAKWELL Brewery, the home of the historic Barnsley Bitter, will soon be no more after demolition work got underway.

Heavy plant machinery has been brought in to clear the Pontefract Road-based brewery site, which can trace its roots back to the original Barnsley Brewing Company formed in 1888.

Oakwell Brewery ceased brewing earlier this year and sold its equipment to other brewers around the region.

Approval to demolish all the buildings on the site was granted on November 4 after an application was submitted to Barnsley Council by agent Christopher Rawlins, of Dunton Plant Ltd, Birmingham.

The firm has been instructed by the brewery's managing director Lynne Booth to flatten the site but Mr Rawlins doesn't believe any 'firm plans' are yet in place yet for its future use.

Mr Rawlins said: "The reason the buildings are coming down is brewing has stopped there and what they're worried about is the buildings being empty and being liable if anything happens, if someone gets into the buildings or is injured.

"As far as I know there are no definite plans but I know it's been mooted about a school."

Uncertainty over the brewery's future came to light in March when about half a dozen other businesses on the site were given notice to leave by June.

RBNB, the company which owns Oakwell Brewery, wanted to sell the 54-acre site where beer has been brewed for more than 120 years.

At the time Ms Booth said sales were down and not enough money was coming in. She said the site was 'too big' and the buildings were in a state of disrepair, many of them falling down.

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Reply Posted by .. on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 09:40
It's says they've knocked it down cause it was empty but sounds like it was only empty cause they evicted people

Reply Posted by dave on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 09:52
They knocked it down to avoid paying business rates! Having to pay rates on derelict buildings for the council to squander.

Reply Posted by Jenna Lunn on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 09:54
They r taking all history out of town. Ripping Barnsley apart slowly

Reply Posted by AHR on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 18:48
A School ! with the help to buy scheme you can bet they plonk some high priced houses on the site.

Reply Posted by Mariah on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 01:00
The buildings wernt empty cause they evicted people and also they wernt derelict either only one was and that was the old brewery and anyone that passed this as i did on a daily basis would know this!, When will people educate themselves and stop making presumptions?.
Who knows what they will build on this site but who are we to presume or judge?, The worst thing was that someone could have hurt themselves in these buildings if they had been left to rot like a lot of other buildings in Barnsley are at the moment including the ones in town!.

Reply Posted by jobe on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 22:48
Hope someone managed to take plenty of snaps of the site for posterity as it's a pile of rubble now. Another piece of heritage gone. Surprised many of the old buildings weren't protected actually.

Reply Posted by Angel on Sunday December 22 2013 at 15:44
No doubt part of some well thought-out plan hatched when the Company was
first formed. Why else would they fight tooth and nail to oppose a Compulsary
Purchase order on this massive site, in order to brew a relatively small amount
of beer that could have been produced anywhere?