In 2001 proposals to redevelop the site
as a retail centre were turned down, despite support from
local councillors and English Heritage. It was felt that a
new shopping centre would adversely affect shops in the town
centre. The brewery then became part of a conservation area,
but sadly was badly damaged by fire as a result of a
mindless arson attack on Sunday 15th August, 2004. Another
disastrous arson attack occurred a year later, after which
most of the historic
brewing equipment was destroyed, and the buildings were left
in a serious structural state.
A view of the offices from 2007 during
Another view of the brewery in 2007,
taken from the long-gone railway footbridge.
The site was finally made secure,
and restoration and redevelopment began, but this has
temporarily ground to a halt because of the recession.
Hopefully in the not too distant future the project will get
underway again, and at least part of the old brewery will