A Burton author is celebrating the launch of his fourth book with two exclusive signing events in the town. To mark the release of 'Burton's Lost Breweries From Old Photographs' Terry Garner, of Leander Rise, is offering people the chance to get their copies signed.
Well known for publishing books on Burton's history, his latest work promises to reveal previously unseen photographs of the town's lost breweries and contains more than 200 photographs.
Mr Garner said: "I volunteer by taking tours of visitors around the National Brewery Centre and many of the tourists ask me if there are any books available showing Burton's old breweries. This gave me the idea and then Amberley Publishing got in touch to ask if I had anything in the pipeline.
"The book is very much picture-led as I believe a photograph paints a thousand words and I can show more in one picture than I can in pages and pages of text.
"The book features a collection of photographs I have acquired over the years. There are many of Bass and Ind Coope, but other breweries are included too.
"The issue is that nobody had the means or the inclination to draw or photograph some of the breweries years ago as they probably didn't realise how important these images would be in future years.
"Burton's first recognisable brewery was Benjamin Printon's, established in Horninglow Street, in 1708. By 1780 there were 13 breweries in the town, many exporting ale to the Baltic and all using the water taken from wells deep under the town.
"By the 1820s a new market had opened up in India, and Allsopp's, Bass and Salt's breweries quickly began to export India Pale Ale. The Trent and Mersey Canal was built in 1774/75 and allowed further expansion, but it was the coming of the railway to Burton in 1839 which led to massive growth.
"By 1888 there were 31 breweries in the town employing more than 8,000 men, producing more than three millions barrels a year."
The paperback version of "Burton's lost breweries from old photographs" is on sale now and costs £14.99.
The first book signing event will take place at Waterstones, in Coopers Square shopping centre, Burton, on Friday, August 18, from 11am. Mr Garner will then be on hand at the National Brewery Centre, in Horninglow Street, Burton on Saturday, August 19 from 1pm until 2pm to sign copies of the book.
More information about Mr Garner's book is available here