The Destruction of Phipps Brewery by Peter Newcombe (1943- ), oil on board, c.1975
This painting was chosen as ‘Painting of the Month’ due to its subject matter- Phipps brewery. The old brewery was closely associated with the shoe trade in Northampton.
Pickering Phipps started brewing in 1801 in Towcester but by1900 all production had moved to Northampton following a fire that destroyed the original brewery. The factory was demolished in 1973 after the company was taken over by Watney Mann (Midlands) Ltd in 1968.
Jeffery-West has collaborated with Phipps NBC Brewery to produce a limited edition ale to promote their exhibition ‘If We Could Be Heroes’. This exhibition can be seen in Gallery 1, on the ground floor, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, along with more information about the brewery and ‘Shoemaker’s Monday’.