Nottingham Famous Graves- James Shipstone

by Joe EarpIMAG0084

James Shipstone the founder of Nottingham’s most famous brewery ‘Shipstones’. James Shipstone shares his grave with several of his family members in the Church Rock Cemetery.

James Shipstone & Sons was the name of a brewery based in New Basford in Nottingham, England that opened in 1852 and closed in 1991.

The company produced the Shipstones brand of beer, known locally as Shippos.

The company was founded by James Shipstone in 1852. The company’s offices and brewery were based at the 7-acre (28,000 m2) Shipstones ‘Star’ Brewery in the New Basford area of Nottingham. The brewery earned the nickname of ‘Star’ brewery because of the distinctive red illuminated star which stood at the top of the brewery’s tower which could be seen for many miles around.

In 1922 it absorbed both the Beeston Brewery Company and William Hooley Limited.
By 1939, the company owned 550 licensed premises, 30 diesel lorries for long distance delivery work and 50 horses for local delivery work.

The brewery remained an independent family business until 1978 when the company was purchased by Greenall’s of Warrington which also purchased a number of other breweries from neighbouring towns and cities. Greenall’s introduced minor changes to the production of the various Shipstones beers and increased the marketing of the company, in 1987 Shipstones became the main shirt sponsor of Nottingham Forest Football Club, in an arrangement which continued until 1994.

In 1990, Greenall’s announced that they were ending all beer production and becoming a retailer only company. Production at Shipstones Brewery ended in early 1991 after 139 years. The Shipstones brand continued to be produced for some years afterwards at breweries in Burton upon Trent.

Today the company offices have been taken over, while some housing and retail units have been constructed on other parts of the site. The landmark Victorian building, constructed in 1900 with later extension, remains standing and has been earmarked for conversion into offices.


About nottinghamhiddenhistoryteam

Originally formed in 1965 to try to save or at least record before destruction the cave sites continually discovered during the major redevelopment of the City that took place in Nottingham in the 1960′s. Almost every day new sites were unearthed and destroyed before anyone was notified; last thing they wanted was someone telling them to stop what they were doing; TIME is MONEY. The word HIDDEN in the Team’s title is because a lot of what was being invisibly lost in the redevelopment was our early history in the caves, they are under most, if now all, of Nottingham. In the 80’s and 90’s the Team conducted with the help of Dr Robert Morrell and Syd Henley, research and work on Nottingham’s history, folklore and local archaeology. The Team published quarterly magazines on their findings. The Team lapsed for a few years after the death of Paul Nix who was the team leader for thirty plus years. The Team has reformed and is now back working on Nottingham local history. On this blog you will find a series of history, folklore and archaeological related articles and information. Most of the material published will be specifically related to Nottingham/shire local history.
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