From city of brewing to city of carparks

I was in Alloa at the weekend and inspired by Ron’s map I took a little wander around the town to see the sites of the town’s formerly legendary breweries.

I made it to seven of the ten sites before the batteries on my camera ran out. There’s not much left of most of them it has to be said.

This is one of the few where part of the brewery building is still standing, George Younger’s Meadow Brewery. It looks like the whitewashed part is the only recognisable bit; the rest has been either rebuilt or heavily remodeled. But look at those blocked-up windows on the south face that are the same size and shape as those on the west side pictured in this post.

Site of George Younger’s Candlerigg Brewery, not much left of that:

Note that this is directly across the street from Maclay’s Thistle Brewery which can be seen in the background. The sites of several breweries are literally round the corner from each other.

This is the site of Robert Henderson’s Mills Brewery:

Here is what I think is the site of the Townhead Brewery. The building looks as if it might have been a brewery once, but it’s round the back of the public baths, not sure that would have been approved by the city fathers even in the 19th century. Edit: I was wide of the mark here. The Townhead brewery actually straddled where the road between two carparks now is, so a bit further east from where I was standing, as can be seen on the old map from the NLS. Definitely not the building with the chimney, whatever that is.

Not the Townhead Brewery

Also nothing to do with the Townhead Brewery

Round the corner, this is what I thought was the site of the Caponcroft Brewery. It’s actually more like where the Townhead Brewery was. The Caponcroft was further east on Jamaica Street, which no longer exists. If I had a photo of the exact site, it would be more carpark and ring road.

And just a little further on, the site of Alloa Brewery, aka Arrol’s, Allied, Carlsberg-Tetley Alloa, etc.


  1. It seems Albany, NY and Alloa have something in common. Off hand, I can think of at least one 19th century Albany brewery location, Boyd & Bros., that is now a parking lot. Specifically the Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Health parking lot(s)

  2. All very sad.

    On Google maps, the satellite view still shows the Maclay brewery.

    Weird that the Meadow Brewery is still so intact, despite alterations.

  3. Take a look at the long side again, the one on Union Street.

    On the first photo, I can see what looks like a closed up window to the left of the door on the right. And another to the right of the door on the left. They seem to be in the same position as the ones on the 19th century photo.

  4. Just noticed, you can see another lintel and haldf of the round window surround to the left of the door on the left.

  5. My old workplace for nearly 14 years, the Alloa Brewery Co. (where the ASDA is now) is also still shown on Google Maps despite the fact it was demolished in 2001! Type in postcode fk10 3rb to view it.


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