Welcome to the new updated for 2013 Groves & Whitnall Globe Works website, formally known as the Globe Collector, since the website was started in 2006 it has hopefully become a major resource for history & information regarding the long since closed Groves & Whitnall Brewery & Globe Works, Salford, Manchester, after several years of research I have tried to bring as much information including the history of the company throughout the years from its beginnings in 1868 to its closure in 1971 together with biographies of the great men behind the company, one thing I have noted through my research is the Groves family amassed great wealth through their ventures but gave back much more in the way of charity & foundations set up by them, I hope through this website their memory & that of the great brewery & its history will live on for future generations to enjoy, I update the website as often as possible with new information & photos, I hope you enjoy reading as much as I have enjoyed gathering this information & images together.
Fortunately for collectors, the name of Groves & Whitnall lives on, through the many pieces of breweriana that were once used by the brewery and its many tied houses. Such items were once part and parcel of everyday life, like the various bottles, ashtrays, bar jugs and match strikers. There are a large number of Groves & Whitnall bottles, many in collectable amber glass. The choicest example here must be the beautiful honey amber codd bottle embossed with a hand and arrow trade mark. This was used by Groves & Whitnall Hulme but the trade mark once belonged to Cronshaw of Manchester, s accompany absorbed in 1899. A whole range of jugs, match strikers, ashtrays etc bear the name Groves & Whitnall. In 1918, the company celebrated 50 years in business, and match strikers are known , which commemorate this event. In common with many other breweries, Groves had their own "house brand" of whiskey for selling at their various outlets. This blend was known by the name G.O.H for short, or Grand Old Highland to give it the full title. Several artifacts have been discovered advertising this blend of whiskey, including what is probably Salford's one and only whiskey jug. Advertising cards, bottle openers, old labels and old glasses for Groves can also be found.
Over a period of one hundred years, three totally different trade marks were used. The first was the representation of the earth or Globe ,. The second was the hand and arrow trade mark. Last but not least was the Red Rose, seemingly used from about the onset of World War Two. .Groves & Whitnall was a very large and important brewery and presently, we have probably only seen a small fraction of the breweriana that may be available to collectors.
To find out even more about Groves & Whitnall, its founders, and its history just use the links on the right hand side of the pages.