Collection of objects and archives from Boddingtons Brewery at Strangeways

Made:
circa 1888-2003 in Manchester

Collection of objects and archives from Boddingtons Brewery at Strangeways, Manchester, c1883-2003.

Boddingtons beer was brewed in Manchester’s Strangeways Brewery, which was originally founded by grain merchants Thomas Caister and Thomas Fray around 1778. The brewery was established on the eve of the Industrial Revolution, when the growth in population and industry in Manchester created a ready market for locally brewed beer. Henry Boddington joined the brewery in 1832. He was made a partner in the business in 1848 and by 1853 was the sole owner. Three of Henry’s sons joined him and Boddingtons Brewery expanded rapidly over the 19th century to become the biggest brewery in Manchester.

Boddingtons Breweries Ltd became a publicly registered company in 1877, by which time it produced over 100,000 barrels a year and owned 71 public houses. In the following decades, despite the impact of the First World War and the Great Depression, the company consolidated its position as one of the leading breweries in Northwest England.

After bomb damage in the Second World War, Strangeways brewery was modernised in the post-war period. Boddingtons continued to expand, retaining its distinctive character and regional focus. This was despite pressure from mass-produced national brands and the increased popularity of lager rather than traditional styles of beer, like bitter, which Boddingtons specialised in. It remained as a family run business until Boddingtons' brewing interests were sold to Whitbread in 1989. Further expansion occurred in the 1990s, when Boddingtons was marketed as the ‘Cream of Manchester’ and became well-known nationally. Whitbread’s brewing business was sold to InterBrew UK in 2000, who closed the historic Strangeways Brewery in 2005, despite protests by local people, and moved production to other sites.

The museum holds a large collection of objects and archives from Boddingtons Brewery at Strangeways, including Boddingtons pint glasses, barrels, bar towels, beer mats, barrels, pump handles, signage and clothing. The archival material includes internal records, marketing materials and photographs.

Wooden Sign, Strangeways Brewery

Wooden Sign, Strangeways Brewery

Wooden barrel and stand

Wooden barrel and stand

top of a wooden barrel; designed to be wall mounted; inscribed 'Boddingtons

top of a wooden barrel; designed to be wall mounted; inscribed 'Boddingtons

Wooden barrel and stand

Wooden barrel and stand

Wooden barrel and stand

Wooden barrel and stand

Monde Selection Medal Awarded to Boddingtons Brewery

Monde Selection Medal Awarded to Boddingtons Brewery

1988-1989

Brewex Medal Awarded to Boddingtons Brewery

Brewex Medal Awarded to Boddingtons Brewery

1979-1980

Brewex Medal

Brewex Medal

1972

Hand pump

Hand pump

Light Fitting from Boddingtons Brewery

Light Fitting from Boddingtons Brewery

1970-2000

GEC Light bulb

GEC Light bulb

1950-1990

Light bulb used in a wall-mounted Nelson

Light bulb used in a wall-mounted Nelson

Boddingtons Bitter Beer Bottle

Boddingtons Bitter Beer Bottle

1970-1980

Boddingtons Light Ale Bottle

Boddingtons Light Ale Bottle

1970-1989

Bottle of Boddingtons Bitter Beer

Bottle of Boddingtons Bitter Beer

Boddingtons Export Bottle

Boddingtons Export Bottle

1993-2000

Boddingtons "Little Boddie" Bottle

Boddingtons "Little Boddie" Bottle

1980-1989

Boddingtons "Bodkan" Can

Boddingtons "Bodkan" Can

1980-1989

Boddingtons Pub Ale Can

Boddingtons Pub Ale Can

2000-2002

Boddingtons Original Bitter Can

Boddingtons Original Bitter Can

2000-2003

"Bodkan" Can Opener

"Bodkan" Can Opener

can opener inscribed 'Bodkan'

can opener inscribed 'Bodkan'

can opener inscribed 'Bodkan'

can opener inscribed 'Bodkan'

The Brewery Tap price list

The Brewery Tap price list

1973

Mirror advertising Boddingtons Beer

Mirror advertising Boddingtons Beer

framed facsimile of the first annual report of 'Henry Boddington and Company Limited'

framed facsimile of the first annual report of 'Henry Boddington and Company Limited'

shirt; black cotton polo shirt with embroidered Boddingtons logo

shirt; black cotton polo shirt with embroidered Boddingtons logo

Boddingtons Bitter Pump Head

Boddingtons Bitter Pump Head

1970-2004

Boddingtons Mild Pub Pump Head

Boddingtons Mild Pub Pump Head

1980-2004

Pump Head From Boddingtons Sample Room

Pump Head From Boddingtons Sample Room

Pump Head from Boddingtons Brewery

Pump Head from Boddingtons Brewery

Pump Head for Whitbread Light Beer

Pump Head for Whitbread Light Beer

Ceramic hand pump handle

Ceramic hand pump handle

Boddingtons Pub Pump Handle

Boddingtons Pub Pump Handle

1990-2002

Drip tray for under beer pump

Drip tray for under beer pump

Drip Tray

Drip Tray

1990-2002

Boddingtons Drip Tray

Boddingtons Drip Tray

1990-2004

Two-part drip tray

Two-part drip tray

Boddingtons Bar Drip Tray

Boddingtons Bar Drip Tray

1990-2002

Barrel Tap

Barrel Tap

1900-1960

Barrel tap

Barrel tap

Barrel tap

Barrel tap

Barrel Tap

Barrel Tap

1960-2000

Barrel tap

Barrel tap

Barrel tap

Barrel tap

Boddingtons Pint Glass

Boddingtons Pint Glass

1980-2002

Boddingtons Pint Glass

Boddingtons Pint Glass

1980-2002

Pint glass

Pint glass

Boddingtons Pint Glass

Boddingtons Pint Glass

1980-2002

Pint glass

Pint glass

Boddingtons Pint Glass

Boddingtons Pint Glass

1990-2002

Boddingtons Pint glass

Boddingtons Pint glass

1990-2002

Boddingtons Pint Glass

Boddingtons Pint Glass

1990-2002

Boddingtons Pub Tray

Boddingtons Pub Tray

1960-1990

Boddingtons Brewery Pub Tray

Boddingtons Brewery Pub Tray

1970-2000

Boddingtons Bar Mat

Boddingtons Bar Mat

1990-2004

Bar mat

Bar mat

Boddingtons Bar Towel

Boddingtons Bar Towel

1970-2004

Boddingtons Bar Towel

Boddingtons Bar Towel

1970-2004

Yellow bar towel bearing the word 'Boddingtons'

Yellow bar towel bearing the word 'Boddingtons'

Boddingtons Bar Towel

Boddingtons Bar Towel

1990-2002

Boddingtons Brew Mat

Boddingtons Brew Mat

1970-2000

Beer mat advertising Boddingtons Bitter

Beer mat advertising Boddingtons Bitter

Beer mat advertising Boddingtons Bitter

Beer mat advertising Boddingtons Bitter

Boddingtons Beer Mat

Boddingtons Beer Mat

1990-2002

Beer mat bearing picture of a pint of Boddingtons and a strawberry

Beer mat bearing picture of a pint of Boddingtons and a strawberry

Boddingtons Beer Mat

Boddingtons Beer Mat

1990-2002

Beer mat advertising Boddingtons and an offer to win a free pack of cards

Beer mat advertising Boddingtons and an offer to win a free pack of cards

Beer mat advertising Boddingtons

Beer mat advertising Boddingtons

Boddingtons Gold Beer Mat

Boddingtons Gold Beer Mat

1990-2002

Beer mat advertising Boddingtons Gold

Beer mat advertising Boddingtons Gold

Beer mat advertising Boddingtons Gold

Beer mat advertising Boddingtons Gold

Boddingtons Beer Mat

Boddingtons Beer Mat

1995-2000

Beer mat

Beer mat

Beer mat advertising Boddingtons

Beer mat advertising Boddingtons

Boddingtons Brewery Postcard

Boddingtons Brewery Postcard

1999-2002

Postcard advertising Boddingtons

Postcard advertising Boddingtons

Postcard advertising Boddingtons

Postcard advertising Boddingtons

Boddingtons Buntings

Boddingtons Buntings

1990-2002

Boddingtons Brewery Bunting

Boddingtons Brewery Bunting

1970-2005

Boddingtons Advertising Plaque

Boddingtons Advertising Plaque

1990-2002

Boddingtons 4 Pint Pitcher

Boddingtons 4 Pint Pitcher

1990-2002

Stencil of Boddingtons Logo

Stencil of Boddingtons Logo

Boddingtons Stencil

Boddingtons Stencil

1990-2002

Boddingtons Shop Paper Bag

Boddingtons Shop Paper Bag

1980-2004

Boddingtons Brewery Paper Bag

Boddingtons Brewery Paper Bag

1970-2000

t-shirt

t-shirt

Boddingtons Lapel Badge

Boddingtons Lapel Badge

Lapel badge; Boddingtons beer

Lapel badge; Boddingtons beer

Lapel badge; Boddingtons beer

Lapel badge; Boddingtons beer

Boddingtons Brewery Badge

Boddingtons Brewery Badge

1970-2000

Embroidered badge, Boddingtons logo

Embroidered badge, Boddingtons logo

Wooden plaque

Wooden plaque

Boddingtons Pump Handle

Boddingtons Pump Handle

1990-2004

Handle for Pub Electric Pump

Handle for Pub Electric Pump

1990-2002

Jacket; gold with black trim

Jacket; gold with black trim

Waistcoat; gold with black trim

Waistcoat; gold with black trim

Skirt; short

Skirt; short

Skirt; long

Skirt; long

Blouse, black with gold trim

Blouse, black with gold trim

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Details

Category:
Food & Drink Industry
Object Number:
Y2006.4
type:
collection of objects and archives