In 1770 John Barras, a wealthy home brewer of Whickham, established a Brewery in Gateshead.
In 1884 John Barras jnr took over The Tyne Brewery and in 1890, with John Barras as the major player, Newcastle Breweries was established...and for a while Newcastle Brown Ale was brewed in Gateshead, where so called Newcastle Exhibition was born... a full circle.
John Barras in the Bath Lane premises
This label is in the year he got others to join him to create Newcastle Breweries
John Barras Junior
John Barras jnr lived in Farnacres
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