Albion Yard

1860-8 as the Albion Brewery for Mann, Crossman & Paulin, converted to flats in 1993-4

Our air raid shelter
Contributed by norman on June 13, 2017

I was a child living on Brady Street when the Blitz started. My family were lucky in that we avoided the bombs by using the basement of a local brewery as an air raid shelter. The brewery was called Mann Crossman and Paulin as I recall. It was very convenient for us. When the sirens sounded they opened the gates, everybody rushed to the brewery and we all poured down into the basement, which smelled appallingly from the beer barrels. I was 6, all I can remember is the smell...

Albion Brewery building during the dustmen's strike of 1979
Contributed by Survey of London on Dec. 16, 2016

A digitised colour slide from Tower Hamlets Archives collection

Albion Brewery, 1970s
Contributed by Survey of London on Feb. 15, 2017

An undated digitised colour slide from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection:

Watney Mann's workers on strike in the 1970s
Contributed by mick

Albion Yard in 2016
Contributed by Derek Kendall

Dad at work in the Albion Brewery
Contributed by mick