Re Hulkes Lane/Arkoll/Lion Brewery. When I was researching my family history, I discovered that my great, great, great, great grandfather, James Brisley, was the storeman at the Hulkes Lane Brewery. He lived in a tied cottage in Hulkes Lane (I think a one up one down) where he had 9 children. He sadly committed suicide in the brewery in 1863 at the ripe age of 60.
I've now moved into what is known as the Tack Room in Hulkes Lane (where the tack was kept for the stables opposite). Most of the Lion Brewery is empty and in a fairly sorry state of repair, having stood empty for the most part since Featherstone's closed in 1980. The Featherstone family still own the entire site and Chatham House (the imposing Georgian building that stands at the end of Hulkes Lane next to the Ship Inn) is supposed to be incredible inside, still with the original range and toilet.
If anyone has any related breweriana that don't want/want to sell associated with this Hulkes, Arkoll or the Lion Brewery, I'd be a welcome recipient. And if anyone fancies a look around the bits of the brewery I can access, please do reply (not that there's much to see).