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Tetley's beer brewing history in Leeds
The Duke of William pub
The now demolished Tetley's original Duke of William pub.

For generations, since 1822, the Tetley's brewery has sat on the southern approaches to Leeds.

Now Carlsberg is planning to close Tetley's, it was announced back in November 2008.

The company blamed falling consumption, higher duties and regulatory pressure for the decision to shut its Leeds site in 2011.

The latest announcement is that the company will be brewing the cask ale in Wolverhampton.

Ambitious building scheme

The Tetley family's links with the beer industry reach back into the 1740s when William Tetley was described as a maltster in Armley. Drying malt is a vital part of the brewing process.

A pint of beer
A pint of real ale

His son William then expanded the business, which in turn was passed to his son Joshua.

It was in 1822, Joshua Tetley leased a brewery in Salem Place, Hunslet. Joshua died in 1859, leaving the business to his son Francis William, who took on a partner, Charles Ryder.

By 1864 Joshua Tetley and Son were starting an ambitious building scheme. In 1890 the firm opened their first public house close to the brewery, the Duke William (pictured above).

In 1897 Tetley's became a public limited company. Latterly the brewery was bought by Carlsberg.

The Tetley's brewery has supplied a popular bitter, stood as a Leeds landmark and of course employed generations of Loiners.

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Have you any memories of working at Tetley's? Or drinking their beer? BBC Leeds would like to hear from you.


Tetley's ale to leave Yorkshire
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