Burton Upon Trent and its Beers

Burton Town Center and the Washlands

ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Trent River, Stapenhill Viaduct, in the Trent Washlands; feeding the swans in the River Trent [Ask for #270.009.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Trent River, Stapenhill Viaduct, in the Trent Washlands; feeding the swans in the River Trent [Ask for #270.009.]


The Washlands, the floodplain of the River Trent, are broad parklands at the center of town.
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Trent River, Stapenhill Viaduct, in the Trent Washlands [Ask for #270.007.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Trent River, Stapenhill Viaduct, in the Trent Washlands [Ask for #270.007.]


Lord Burton, owner of Bass Brewery, built this bridge and causeway in 1889 so his workers could cross the flooded meadows.
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Stapenhill District, Paths descend the bluffs of  the River Trent towads The Washlands [Ask for #270.018.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Stapenhill District, Paths descend the bluffs of the River Trent towads The Washlands [Ask for #270.018.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Trent River, The River Trent in the town center [Ask for #270.013.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Trent River, The River Trent in the town center [Ask for #270.013.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Stapenhill District, Paths descend the bluffs of  the River Trent towards The Washlands [Ask for #270.017.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Stapenhill District, Paths descend the bluffs of the River Trent towards The Washlands [Ask for #270.017.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Trent River, View over the River Trent towards the town center [Ask for #270.014.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Trent River, View over the River Trent towards the town center [Ask for #270.014.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Trent River, A Victorian iron arch pedestrian bridge crosses a backwater of the River Trent in the town center park along the Trent Washlands [Ask for #270.012.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Trent River, A Victorian iron arch pedestrian bridge crosses a backwater of the River Trent in the town center park along the Trent Washlands [Ask for #270.012.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Trent River, A Victorian iron arch pedestrian bridge crosses a backwater of the River Trent in the town center park along the Trent Washlands [Ask for #270.011.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Trent River, A Victorian iron arch pedestrian bridge crosses a backwater of the River Trent in the town center park along the Trent Washlands [Ask for #270.011.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Town Center, Cafes along a side lane that leads to parklands along the River Trent [Ask for #270.010.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Town Center, Cafes along a side lane that leads to parklands along the River Trent [Ask for #270.010.]

The Trent and Mersey Canal

ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, The Trent and Mersey Canal, Viewed at Branston Bridge, on the south edge of town [Ask for #270.019.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, The Trent and Mersey Canal, Viewed at Branston Bridge, on the south edge of town [Ask for #270.019.]


The canal formed the backbone of Burton's early brewery industry.
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, The Trent and Mersey Canal, The Bridge Inn, at Branston Bridge, on the south edge of town [Ask for #270.021.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, The Trent and Mersey Canal, The Bridge Inn, at Branston Bridge, on the south edge of town [Ask for #270.021.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, The Trent and Mersey Canal, The Bridge Inn, at Branston Bridge, on the south edge of town [Ask for #270.020.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, The Trent and Mersey Canal, The Bridge Inn, at Branston Bridge, on the south edge of town [Ask for #270.020.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, The Trent and Mersey Canal, Industrial continuity; the canal port responsible for the Marstons and Bass brewery sites of the 1850s is still in use beneath the barley silos of Coors [Ask for #270.246.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, The Trent and Mersey Canal, Industrial continuity; the canal port responsible for the Marstons and Bass brewery sites of the 1850s is still in use beneath the barley silos of Coors [Ask for #270.246.]


The two largest surviving breweries, Marstons and Coors (formerly Bass), still sit by a canal port.
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, The Trent and Mersey Canal, Industrial continuity; the canal port responsible for the Marstons and Bass brewery sites of the 1850s is still in use, overpassed by a Marstons pipeline [Ask for #270.247.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, The Trent and Mersey Canal, Industrial continuity; the canal port responsible for the Marstons and Bass brewery sites of the 1850s is still in use, overpassed by a Marstons pipeline [Ask for #270.247.]

Marstons Brewery

ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Mash tuns, in the brewery building [Ask for #270.227.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Mash tuns, in the brewery building [Ask for #270.227.]


Marstons still operates in its 1890 Albion Brewery.
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Mash tuns, in the brewery building, showing hops [Ask for #270.226.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Mash tuns, in the brewery building, showing hops [Ask for #270.226.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, The Burton Union System of fermenting, in which the beer is racked through a series of 26 wood barrels [Ask for #270.232.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, The Burton Union System of fermenting, in which the beer is racked through a series of 26 wood barrels [Ask for #270.232.]


Marstons uses the Burton Union system of racking beer slowly through a series of wooden barrels.
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Emma Gilleland (rt), head brewer, explains to a visitor the Burton Union System of fermenting, in which the beer is racked through a series of 26 wood barrels. [Ask for #270.234.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Emma Gilleland (rt), head brewer, explains to a visitor the Burton Union System of fermenting, in which the beer is racked through a series of 26 wood barrels. [Ask for #270.234.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Mark Newton, Marston's cooper; workshop, as he scrapes the inside of a barrel. [Ask for #270.231.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Mark Newton, Marston's cooper; workshop, as he scrapes the inside of a barrel. [Ask for #270.231.]


The wooden barrels require constant attention from an on-site cooper.
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Mark Newton, Marston's cooper, scrapes the inside of a barrel. [Ask for #270.228.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Mark Newton, Marston's cooper, scrapes the inside of a barrel. [Ask for #270.228.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Visitors Center, a Cask Marque rated pub [Ask for #270.235.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Visitors Center, a Cask Marque rated pub [Ask for #270.235.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Visitors Center, a Cask Marque rated pub [Ask for #270.236.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Visitors Center, a Cask Marque rated pub [Ask for #270.236.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Visitors Center, a Cask Marque rated pub [Ask for #270.225.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Marstons Brewery, Shobnall, Visitors Center, a Cask Marque rated pub [Ask for #270.225.]

The Burton Bridge Brewery

ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Burton Bridge Brewery, Town Center, Casks and wooden barrels stacked behind the brewery, waiting to be shipped. [Ask for #270.239.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Burton Bridge Brewery, Town Center, Casks and wooden barrels stacked behind the brewery, waiting to be shipped. [Ask for #270.239.]


This popular microbrewery re-established craft brewing in Burton in 1982; it is now one of four such small breweries.
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Burton Bridge Brewery, Town Center, Casks and wooden barrels stacked behind the brewery, waiting to be shipped. [Ask for #270.238.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Burton Bridge Brewery, Town Center, Casks and wooden barrels stacked behind the brewery, waiting to be shipped. [Ask for #270.238.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Burton Bridge Brewery, Town Center, Aluminum casks behind the brewery, waiting to be filled [Ask for #270.240.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Burton Bridge Brewery, Town Center, Aluminum casks behind the brewery, waiting to be filled [Ask for #270.240.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Burton Bridge Brewery, Town Center, Casks in the basement beneath the attached pub, tapped and in use. [Ask for #270.244.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Burton Bridge Brewery, Town Center, Casks in the basement beneath the attached pub, tapped and in use. [Ask for #270.244.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Burton Bridge Brewery, Town Center, Casks stacked behind the brewery, waiting to be shipped [Ask for #270.242.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Burton Bridge Brewery, Town Center, Casks stacked behind the brewery, waiting to be shipped [Ask for #270.242.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Burton Bridge Brewery, Town Center, Casks stacked behind the brewery, waiting to be shipped [Ask for #270.243.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Burton Bridge Brewery, Town Center, Casks stacked behind the brewery, waiting to be shipped [Ask for #270.243.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Town Center, National Brewery Centre.  Red delivery wagon from the 19th c. [Ask for #270.041.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Town Center, National Brewery Centre. Red delivery wagon from the 19th c. [Ask for #270.041.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Town Center, National Brewery Centre. Shire Horse in stall [Ask for #270.039.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Town Center, National Brewery Centre. Shire Horse in stall [Ask for #270.039.]

Claymills Pumping Station

ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, Terry Davis, a volunteer, readies a steam pumping engine for running. [Ask for #270.217.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, Terry Davis, a volunteer, readies a steam pumping engine for running. [Ask for #270.217.]


This working pumping station was built in 1885.
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, The massive beams of two restored and operating steam pumping engines share the same housing [Ask for #270.220.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, The massive beams of two restored and operating steam pumping engines share the same housing [Ask for #270.220.]


Claymills was built to dispose of Burton's sewage, (85% spent hops) by pumping it onto farmland as fertilizer.
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, The massive beam of a restored and operating steam pumping engine [Ask for #270.221.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, The massive beam of a restored and operating steam pumping engine [Ask for #270.221.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, Piston cylinders are clad in wood as insulation [Ask for #270.219.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, Piston cylinders are clad in wood as insulation [Ask for #270.219.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, A valve releases steam while an engine is being readied to run [Ask for #270.218.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, A valve releases steam while an engine is being readied to run [Ask for #270.218.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, Workshop; oil-despensing urn, labeled "Wells' Waste Oil Filter, A Swell Money Saver" [Ask for #270.216.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, Workshop; oil-despensing urn, labeled "Wells' Waste Oil Filter, A Swell Money Saver" [Ask for #270.216.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, Detail of a steam engine [Ask for #270.223.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, Detail of a steam engine [Ask for #270.223.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, Detail of a steam engine as it runs [Ask for #270.222.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, Detail of a steam engine as it runs [Ask for #270.222.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, Unrestored engine [Ask for #270.224.]
ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Claymills Pumping Station, Unrestored engine [Ask for #270.224.]
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