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Sutcliffe Speakmans Carbon Works (Formerly Leigh Brewery), Leigh

Description: Sutcliffe Speakmans Carbon Works (Formerly Leigh Brewery)

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 December 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 213532

OS Grid Reference: SJ6597599992
OS Grid Coordinates: 365975, 399992
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4955, -2.5143

Location: 16 Gas Street, Spinning Gate Shopping Centre WN7 4PD

Locality: Leigh
County: Wigan
Country: England
Postcode: WN7 4PD

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Listing Text


Former Leigh Brewery

Former brewery, then a carbon processing works, 1903-10, by Christopher Simpson M.S.A., for Messrs. George Shaw and Co at a cost of ?53,000 . Steel-framed, brick-clad tower (originally containing the cooling, racking and fermentation gear and water tanks), with attached range of brick-clad reinforced concrete. Tower, 4 bays (one of which is blind, containing stairs and lift shaft): 5 storeys of unequal height with smaller 2- storey recessed water tank, brick cased. Bays divided by brick pilasters with shaped capitals: variety of window arches, the most prominent being round-headed to the 4th storey: Lombard frieze. Shaped parapet rising at centre to contain the words `LEIGH BREWERY' in white bricks. Returns, 4 bays and rear, detailed as above. Adjacent range, 10 bays, 3 and 4 storeys, with concrete pilasters, the windows with varied arches as tower. The lower part with terracotta panelled parapet with scrolls, festoons and ball finials. 8 bay return with simpler decoration.Rear, as front elevation, but with some additions. The brewery was noted at the time as being uncommonly concentrated in terms of the different functions required on a large scale site. It represents an early example of the use of both steel framing and reinforced concrete ( the latter dating from 1905-6), and is one of very few pre-1914 reinforced concrete buildings to survive in this region.

Listing NGR: SJ6597599992

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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