Wartime stories of the Leeds’s Tetley brewery

Dr Laura King, of the University of Leeds, and project volunteer Jo Robinson.

Dr Laura King, of the University of Leeds, and project volunteer Jo Robinson.

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The Tetley Brewery was a fixture of the Leeds landscape for almost two centuries and played its part in the city’s Great War effort, as Chris Bond reports.

TODAY, the Tetley building is home to a contemporary art gallery, workshops and a bustling bar and restaurant.

But for 189 years this sprawling site, a short walk from the River Aire, housed one of the biggest employers in Leeds. The Tetley brewery was an institution and working there became a rite of passage for generations of families, so deeply was its history woven into the fabric of the city.

 

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