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Horse-drawn drays line up at Long's Brewery in Hambrook Street, Southsea, about 1910. Established originally by Mr Searly Long, this brewery was yet another which fell under the Brickwood umbrella in 1933
Horse-drawn drays line up at Long's Brewery in Hambrook Street, Southsea, about 1910. Established originally by Mr Searly Long, this brewery was yet another which fell under the Brickwood umbrella in 1933
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Our picture shows horse-drawn drays lined up outside Long’s Brewery in Hambrook Street, Southsea.

It was one of many in Portsmouth which flourished for one reason only – the presence of the Royal Navy, the same reason behind the city’s hundreds of pubs.

The photograph was taken about 1910, but the brewery had been established many years earlier by Mr Searly Long.

But the brewery and its beers would not survive – these works were one of many to fall under the Brickwood umbrella in 1933.

The other photo here shows a huge boiler being pulled through the gates of Long’s Brewery.

Boiler explosions were a regular occurrence and Long’s suffered a big boiler blow-out in March 1870 which killed two brewery workers and a dray horse.

Talking of horses, those reliable old beasts that pulled brewery drays around the Portsmouth area were eventually put out to pasture in favour of mechanised transport.