Youngs Ram Brewery - Wandsworth Sw18
Youngs was covered in my Derelict London book a few years ago. Since then the site lay empty apart from being used for the odd tv/film set location. Autumn 2014 has seen demolition of much of the site.The remainder is listed so will be incorporated into a new development.
The earliest records of brewing on this site date back hundreds of years but in recent times its cramped location, and the fact that the local authority expressed an interest in acquiring and developing the land it stood on, prompted the brewery to consider its options, and in 2006 the decision was made to sell up and move to Bedfordshire. Chairman John Young died just days before the brewery closed, and its final brew was served at his funeral. Until the brewery closed, horses and drays were still used to deliver beer to local pubs and the site was home to a live ram and a flock of geese.
In early 2014 Chinese property developer Greenland Holdings Group bought the site which has an investment value of £600m and is to be turned into 661 new homes, including a 36-floor building with 166 flats, and 9,500 square metres of shops, cafés and restaurants. The site will also house a brewing museum and a microbrewer.The Guardian reported in January 2014 "Critics of the London property development have argued that new luxury riverside apartments purchased by foreign buyers do nothing to ease the city's housing shortage."