Saturday, July 13, 2019


This striking picture was taken in more than 100 years ago but is not related to Brigg Horse Fair for which the town is famous, with the next coming up on Monday, August 5, 2019
The image shows drays loaded with barrels of beer made by the Sutton, Bean & Co Britannia Brewery.
This had thrived in the 19th century courtesy of Frank R. Sutton of Scawby, who was later joined by Hull accountant William Ashby Bean.
The firm closed in 1924 after one of the partners pulled out, and we think Denis Wheeler was either the final or penultimate chief brewer with Sutton & Bean.
The brewery's address was listed as Wrawby Street AND Queen Street, as it owned considerable property. There was an off-licence on Queen Street which survived in this role until relatively recent times.
As well as being brewers, Sutton, Bean & Co were wine and spirit merchants, importers and bonders, and beer bottlers.
A close look at the centre of the original print taken in the early 20th century appears to show a pub sign above one of the doors - some way from the brick archway behind the Britannia Inn.
Was this another hostelry operating in addition to the Brit? Or does the sign indicate a small residential guest house?
Sutton & Bean had 17 pubs which were sold off in the mid-1920s - the Nelthorpe Arms, on Bridge Street, being bought by landlord Billy Bell but the others going to rivals like the Hull Brewery Company, Hewitt Brothers and Ward's. Among those to change hands was the Lord Nelson.
Listed in S&B's portfolio was the White Horse, on the other side of Wrawby Street - now owned and operated by Wetherspoon's
Below is the scene today more than 100 years after the dray horses were lined up to be pictured. Brigg's Conservation Area appears to have served its purpose; the buildings have not changed out of all recognition.


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