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Stephen Hanson meanwhile built Hansons Limited on Brewery Street in 1847, also using water from the Alley Spring.
William & Thomas Hardy were successful beer merchants from Heanor who bought Samuel Robinsons brewery in 1857. The current brewery is largely based on the buildings erected by them in 1861 when they moved out of the old bake-house.
Also in 1861, Stephen Hanson died and the business was carried on by his wife Mary and son Robert Hanson.
There was much friendly rivalry between the two brewing companies who proceeded to buy pubs throughout the area to supply with their own ales.
Both breweries began to run short of water. By agreement the water from the local Holly Well spring was shared between them. Having been attracted by the supply of excellent brewing water from the Holly Well, both breweries thrived independently until 1930, when under increasing pressure from larger brewing companies and lack of male successors to the Hardy's Brewery, the two companies combined.
In 2006, The Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Brewery and all of its public houses were sold in a multimillion-pound deal to Greene King brewery, who decided to end the brewing tradition in Kimberley in "a cost effective move" and will sell the Kimberley site, moving its distribution centre to Eastwood. Brewing of a limited range of the beer brands switched to the main Greene King site at Bury St Edmunds.
The kimberley brewery is an urban exploration attraction and is explored by many . Amfaah investments and co are turning the historic landmark into a heritage centre which has caused rage in the town as it means a lot to the citizens .
The Beekeeper, a former Hardys & Hansons pub in Chilwell which has since become a Hungry Horse
- Lee, J.M.,. A Brief History of Kimberley.
- Lee, John.M. (2001). A Brief History of Kimberley (First ed.).
- Bruce, George (1982). Kimberley Ale Hardys & Hansons 1832-1982 (First ed.). H Melland. ISBN 0-9500730-9-1.