Joseph Holt

Timeline

Our Brewery, based in the heart of Manchester, has over 150 years of brewing history within its walls. We have seen quite a lot change since we started brewing back in 1849, to both the Brewery and the great city of Manchester.

We have been here so long we really do feel part of Manchester?s history and hopefully its future. With well over 100 pubs in the city, we are part of its fabric.

From one mans dream to brew his beer in Manchester, to receiving International gold awards for brewing the best lagers in the World, to raising millions of pounds for charity, we are proud of our history and our part in a city's evolution.

From the birth of Joseph Holt in the early nineteenth century, the Brewery and the city have seen some good times and some dark days. The timeline below highlights some notable dates.

1901 ~ 1999: The 21st Century

1901

Edward Holt opens a bottling plant

1904

The Licensing Act causes 29 pubs to be closed

1908

Edward Holt elected mayor of Manchester

Edward enjoyed the very rare honour of being elected Lord Mayor of the city two years in a row.

1914

Output of cask beer is 51,273 barrels

1920

Edward Holt made a CBE

1926

Output of cask beer is 33,200 barrels

1928

Sir Edward Holt dies and his son the second Edward Holt takes control of The Brewery

1931

Population of Manchester grows to 766,311

1932

The Holt Radium Institute opens at the new Christie Hospital honouring the families ongoing support

1934

The Central Library is built

Manchester Central Library is a circular library south of the Town Hall extension. Designed by E. Vincent Harris, the library was constructed between 1930 and 1934, but because of its traditional neoclassical architecture it is often mistakenly thought to be much older. At its opening, one critic wrote, "This is the sort of thing which persuades one to believe in the perennial applicability of the Classical canon". The form of the building, a columned portico attached to a rotunda domed structure, is loosely derived from the Pantheon, Rome.

1940

The Manchester blitz

1948

The world’s first stored programme computer is built at Manchester University

The Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM), nicknamed Baby, was the world's first stored-program computer. The machine was not intended to be a practical computer but was instead designed as a testbed for the Williams tube, an early form of computer memory. Although considered "small and primitive" by the standards of its time, it was the first working machine to contain all of the elements essential to a modern electronic computer.

1951

Joseph Holt Ltd is floated

1955

The old Holt family home of The Woodthorpe opens as a Hotel

1958

The Munich air crash

1968

Sir Edward Holt dies and Peter Kershaw becomes Chairman

1976

The Arndale Centre opens

1977

Major work to enlarge The Brewery means a 50% increase in production

1982

The Hacienda opens

Before it was turned into a club, the Haçienda was a yacht builder's shop and warehouse before becoming a Bollywood cinema in the 1970s.

Originally conceived by Rob Gretton (New Orders manager), it was largely financed by Factory Records and New Order. Located on the corner of Whitworth Street West and Albion Street, the Hacienda was the venue for Madonna’s first UK performance. FAC 51 was its official designation in the Factory catalogue.

1983

Joseph Holt re-enters the Free Trade

1985

Richard Kershaw, son of Peter Kershaw becomes Managing Director.

1986

Manchester GMEX opens

1989

Madchester reigns

Manchester becomes the center of the musical universe with the rise of The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, 808 State and The Inspiral Carpets.

1991

Joseph Holt Brewery celebrates its 150th birthday

1992

Metrolink starts running

1994

Joseph Holt is placed seventh in a list of the UK’s fastest growing public companies

1996

IRA bomb Manchester

1997

The Ape & Apple opens

This city center pub on John Dalton Street was opened by the football legend Denis Law. It remains one of our most successful pubs.

1999

Manchester United win a unique treble