Nungate Brewery (Old)

Business: Alexander Howden

Location: Haddington

Type: Brewery

The Nungate Brewery on Bridge Street was established by the Howden family in 1806. Alexander Howden ran the brewery until he died in 1811, and it was then taken on by his son, Alexander (Sandy) Howden. Sandy brewed there until at least 1841 along with his brother David (1808-1835), and extended the complex by building a malthouse on the opposite side of the road.

By 1851 the complex had been leased by John Walker and was described as "a small building used as a brewery in good repair with kiln and the necessary offices attached". The brewery then passed into the hands of the Muat family in about 1856 and was leased by James Richardson after John Walker died in 1859. James bought the brewery in 1862 when it was offered for sale as "consisting of brew-house, dwelling-house, and others on one side of the road, and a kiln, granary, and malt barn on the other side of it".

James leased the larger Sidegate Brewery in 1865, after which brewing ended at the Nungate Brewery.  The maltings were leased for a time to a Peter Punton.

Map of 1853 showing the layout of the Nungate Brewery
Map of 1853 showing the layout of the Nungate Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2018

Active: 1806 - 1865

Address: Bridge Street

Status: Converted

Current Use: Converted to private housing


Nungate Brewery (Old)
A view down Bridge Street showing the Nungate Brewery



Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

Anon. All and whole these subjects in the Nungate of Haddington, belonging to Alexander Howden's heirs. Edinburgh Evening Courant, 22nd March 1862.