Crown Brewery

Business: Gillespie, Sons and Co

Location: Glasgow

Type: Brewery

Gillespie, Gray & Co were given permission by the Dean of Guilds Court to erect a brewery and offices in Slatefield Street in 1881. The Crown Brewery (sometimes referred to as the Slatefield Brewery) was designed by the well regarded brewery architect Peter Lyle Henderson, and construction was completed in 1882.

A contemporary account described the brewhouse as being "of great height - fifty-seven feet to the wallhead - and is divided into three floors, on the uppermost of which is the mash-tun, capable of mashing thirty-five quarters, and fitted with a false bottom and grain-valve for shooting the grain into the court".  There were six fermenting tuns "made of white wood battens, and each capable of holding eighty barrels. There are two racking-squares of the capacity of one hundred and thirty barrels each".

The brewery was extended in 1884 to include malt barns and extra cellarage, and in its final configuration comprised "two and three storey, red and white brick buildings round a rectangular courtyard. A circular section chimney stack rises through the formercopper house".

 When the partnership ended in 1889 the brewery was taken on by Gillespie, Sons & Co, and then by Gillespie, Sons & Co Ltd.

Map of 1892 showing the layout of the Crown Brewery
Map of 1892 showing the layout of the Crown Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2015

Active: 1882 - 1911

Address: Slatefield Street

Status: Demolished

Current Use: Housing

Architect: Peter Lyle Henderson


Crown Brewery
Part of the Crown Brewery in the 1960s
© John Hume, 2015


The site of the former Crown Brewery is now occupied by a housing development

Other Sources of information

Books and Periodicals

Hume, J. R. The industrial archaeology of Glasgow. Glasgow: Blackie, 1974.

Kane, D. and McMaster, C. Gillespie, Sons & Co Ltd. Brewery History, 40, 1984, pp.8-10.