Brewery Steam Engine celebrates 113th Birthday
Pictured above, Richard Hughes celebrating with a pint of Old Hooky in the engine room
The 25hp engine with a single horizontal cylinder was supplied by Buxton & Thornley Limited of Burton on Trent on October 18th 1899 at a cost of £175.00. An unusual feature of this engine is that it is fitted with a type of valve cut off gear invented by George Thornley.
'To think that the engine used to run the entire Brewery is remarkable' said Richard Hughes, Manager at The Brewery, 'of course nowadays we rely more upon electricity but still power the engine up occasionally, she (the engine) is an integral part of our history and culture along with our 3 shire horses, iconic tower Brewery and of course, our fine cask ales'.