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What was a Brewery Fireman in 1911?
« on: Wednesday 11 November 20 16:41 GMT (UK) »
After looking at an old 1911 family census i discovered my ancestor was a "Brewery fireman" in a small company. "Can anyone tell me what a BF was in 1911 in the UK?". thanks for any help here.

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Re: What was a Brewery Fireman in 1911?
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 11 November 20 16:46 GMT (UK) »
He would stoke the fires that heated the boilers for making steam for the beer. A fireman was a person  employed to tend a fire or furnace,

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Re: What was a Brewery Fireman in 1911?
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 11 November 20 16:47 GMT (UK) »
Which company and where?
It could be that he tended a boiler that provided Steam for a stationary engine on site. Also could be Steam provided to was out casks

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/j.2050-0416.1915.tb04737.x


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Re: What was a Brewery Fireman in 1911?
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 11 November 20 17:10 GMT (UK) »
The boiler was out of use but had supplied steam for brewing and to power a small steam engine driving the brewery's plant.

See https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6423283

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Re: What was a Brewery Fireman in 1911?
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 11 November 20 17:51 GMT (UK) »
Well done Stan for your interpretation of a Brewery fireman . I'm sure my ancestor would of "stoked the brewery machinery". His Son worked as a Bar Supervisor so the "beer was in the blood" it seems.Thanks everyone for your theories here .