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Chorlton-upon-Medlock Brewery

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of Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester

1853 Advert: 'EAST INDIA PALE ALE.- NO ADVANCE ! The Executors of the late THOMAS BAKE beg to inform their customers and the public that they have NOT ADVANCED the PRICES of their PALE ALES, of which they have now on hand a Large Stock of the best quality, in splendid condition.
Chorlton-upon-Medlock Brewery, Jenkinson-street.'[1]

1857 Advert: 'BAKE'S BREWERY, KAY-STREET, ARDWICK - THOMAS BAKE (late of the Chorlton-on-Medlock Brewery) respectfully announces that he has TAKEN the above Established and Complete BREWERY, and solicits the patronage of his friends and the public.' [2]


The 1848 36" O.S. map[3] shows the brewery with its frontage on Jenkinson Street, in a block of houses bounded by Burns Street, Ormond Street, and Tuer Street. A courtyard behind the brewery had its entrance on Jenkinson Street, and behind a building on the south side of the courtyard the small Corn Brook made a rare appearance, having been generally culverted. The 1894 O.S. map shows that the brewery had been expanded, replacing houses on Burns Street. The 1916 shows a chocolate works at this location.

1849 'THE CORNBROOK NUISANCE. ..... three summonses, which had been taken out at the instance of the building and sanitary committee of the town council, against - Mrs. Betty Ball, the Rev. W. Whitelegg, and Mrs. Eliza Lyon, the owners of property on the margin of the "Black Brook," or, "Cornbrook," at the top of Ormond-street, in Chorlton-upon-Medlock, for allowing the brook to remain uncovered, and thus forming a nuisance. .... The brook inquestion was, during the greatest length of its passage through the township, covered with brickwork and masonry; though for a short distance adjacent to Ormond-street it was not so covered, and from the great accumulation of impure matter there it had become very offiensive. As early as May, in the present year, a notice bad been sent to the owners of the property to induce them to take remedial measures; the corporation being always anxious, when they could possibly do so, to avoid bringing parties before the magistrates. The notice,however, produced no effect; and a memorial signed by the inhabitants setting forth the great danger and detriment to the public health arising from the present uncovered state of the brook, into which they stated that the mattresses used upon beds, whereon cholera patients had died, had been thrown - this memorial also had been disregarded. In all probability, if opposition were made, it might be contended that the parties who were summoned before the court were not the cause of the nuisance. To a certain extent this was true, inasmuch as the nuissnce was increased by the accumulation of filth from other parts of the borough ; but still, steps had been taken by owners of land in other districts to do away with the nuisance caused by the brook, and it was but just to suppose that these would do the same. .... There was one individual, Mr. Bake, one of the owners of the property, who had not been summoned, inasmuch as he had always expressed his entire willingness to do his share of the work in remedying the evil, and contribute his quotum towards the expense. ..... Miss Ball and Mr. Bake, he said, were anxious to do everything that might be required; and it rested with Mr. Whitelegg and Mrs. Lyon to say whether they were ready to meet the case in the way which it demanded.'[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 12 November 1853
  2. Manchester Times - Saturday 17 January 1857
  3. The Godfrey Edition Old Ordnance Survey Town Plans: Manchester Sheet 39: Corlton-on-Medlock 1848 [1]
  4. Manchester Times - Wednesday 26 September 1849