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Cannon Brewery, Sheffield, Urbex, Abandoned, A World in Ruins
Cannon Brewery, Sheffield

Photographed in February 2023 on a trip to Sheffield with David (Scrappy NW) to photograph the Salvation Army building. Once we'd finished that we had a wander over to see how access was to this place and thankfully it was straightforward. 

This building has been abandoned for many years so has been subject to the ravages of time along with the usual vandalism and graffiti artists. 

Despite this, there was still a lot to photograph inside the building and its extreme state of decay gave it that desolate feel which lends well to being photographed. 

Some history:

Cannon Brewery began as Neepsend Brewery in 1938; a small brewery first used by Green & Hatfield. It was suibsequently renamed Cannon Brewery after William Stones purchased the brewery's lease. 

The business proved to be very successful and further expansions over the decades incorporated new and improved offices, stores, workshops and cellars.

Stones Bitter - which was popular with steelworkers in the surrounding area - was brewed on the site from 1948. The beer became the UK's best selling bitter, selling more than a million barrels in 1992. William Stones Ltd was purchased by Bass Brewery in 1968.

Cannon Brewery was used as a location for the film When Saturday Comes, starring Sean Bean in 1995.

The brewery closed in April 1999 and has remained unoccupied every since.

The site’s owner, Sheffield business Hague Plant, was granted permission to demolish the buildings in 2015, but work never started.

It has been reported in the media that plans to turn the former Cannon Brewery site into a new neighbourhood for the city has moved a step forward.

Developer Capital&Centric confirmed it has completed the purchase of the site, paving the way for a new chapter after more than a quarter of a century of dereliction.

Initial remediation and site investigations will begin and then an outline planning application will be submitted. Work has also started on a detailed designs for the district – set to feature over 500 rental homes, new workplaces and spaces for independent shops, delis and café-bars.

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