Skip to main content

The original premises of Timothy Taylor. Cook Lane, Keighley, West Yorkshire. This is where Timothy Taylor set up his brewing business.

160 Years of Brewing

Timothy Taylor established the Brewery in the centre of Keighley in 1858, moving to The Knowle Spring, our present site, in 1863. The principle of not accepting second best was laid down and remains with us to the present day. This means that the very finest ingredients are used to brew the best possible beers, with Landlord winning many awards.

Timothy Taylor’s Timeline


Timothy Taylor was born in Bingley, West Riding of Yorkshire. The brewery remains in the Taylor family and is now the last independent brewer of its type left in West Yorkshire. This independence enables Taylors to survive as one of the few brewers still brewing true cask ales in the same way it has always been done.

Timothy Taylor opens his brewery in Cook Lane, Keighley. Timothy Taylor starts brewing in partnership with James Shackleton and John Naylor. He buys his first pub, ‘The Volunteers Arms’ one year later.

Timothy Taylor starts brewing and malting at the Knowle Spring Brewery, Keighley. Taylor buys out his previous partners and builds the new brewery and malting with financial assistance from his father-in-law, Robert Aked.

Philip Taylor, son of Robert Taylor, is born. The deep well is sunk at the Knowle Spring Brewery. The water from the aquifer is still used today. After the well is sunk the brewery is extended with a new brewhouse, cellars and finally in 1911 a new fermentation building to meet growth in sales.

Timothy Taylor’s wins its first brewing championship awards. The brewery is up for sale. Fortunately, Allsopp’s bid to buy the business is withdrawn. Malting ceases at the Knowle Spring.

Philip Taylor creates Landlord. Sydney Taylor, Robert’s younger son, joins the board.

Death duties threaten the future of the brewery due to the passing of Percy and Philip Taylor. Gladys (Percy’s widow) marries Sir John Horsfall. With his financial help, on her son John’s determination, the business continues.

Landlord wins CAMRA’s 'Beer of the Year’ for the first time. Timothy Taylor’s starts regular exports of Landlord to London.

A brewhouse, bought from Oldham Brewery after its closure, is installed. This begins a 20 year investment programme to cater for Landlord’s growing popularity.

Landlord wins the first ever ‘double’ for beer. CAMRA’s ‘Beer of the Year’ and the Brewers’ Championship ‘Draught Beer Cup’. The brewery expands its fermentation capacity to bring more beer to our customers.

Havercake, Ram Tam and Landlord win Taylor’s latest awards. Timothy Taylor's is still privileged to reward exceptional taste.

Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker was crowned Supreme Champion Beer of Britain at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival held in London’s Olympia.

The Gallery Archive

Some classic photos from the Timothy Taylor’s brewing archives.

Allan Hey & Lord Ingrow tasting a fresh batch of beer at the Knowle Spring brewery in 1976.

Brewery workers filling barrels with beer by hand in 1950.

A barrel being filled in the 1950s.

The brewery’s last cooper, Billy Pye, putting together one of our barrels in the 1950s.

Eric Parker at the old bottling plant which operated through 1950–1970.

Sir John Taylor receives the Bottled Beer Challenge Cup 1968 watched by Linton Horsfall, 2nd Brewer, Sydney Taylor and Allan Hey, Head Brewer.

The Brown Cow pub in Keighley in 1900.

Gentlemen ready for the races at The Cross Roads Inn, Wainstalls.

Allan Hey taking a sample from a fermenting vessel.

The Friendly Inn, Aireworth St. in 1913.

The Friendly Inn.

Receiving the International Beer Award in 1960.

Production Director Peter Eells and Head Brewer Andrew Leman with the Draught Beer Challenge Cup in 2000.

An ad in the Keighley News from 1885.

The Keighley Old Brewery on Cook Lane in 1858.

The Knowle Spring brewery shortly after it was built in 1863.

Knowle Spring House on the site of the brewery in 1923.

Joe Procter. Landlord at The Grouse Inn, Oakworth from 1983-2000.

The Fleece, Haworth in 1947.

A Timothy Taylor’s dray from 1930.

The retirement of key members of the company at the Timothy Taylor, Keighley 1994.

Brewery staff in 1952.

Pub tenants centenary dinner in 1958.

The Timothy Taylor in 1968.

Old Favourites

Some beers that we have brewed in the past.

Havercake Ale

First brewed in 2002, then from 2008–2012.

This is a robust Yorkshire Ale with a full taste of malt and oats. It was originally brewed to honour the soldiers of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, affectionately nicknamed 'The Havercake Lads'. The name is derived from the oatmeal bread cake that was the staple food of the Yorkshire Pennine towns and villages where most of the soldiers lived.

Management Special

Brewed in 1996.

To mark the milestone of our former Head Brewer Allan Hey’s retirement, a commemorative beer was produced called The Management Special – 'Management' being Mr Hey's nickname at the brewery.

Celebration Ale

First brewed in 2001, then brewed in 2008.

Originally brewed to commemorate the visit to the brewery of HRH The Prince of Wales in 2001 and available at that time mainly in pasteurised bottle. In 2008 it re-appeared, mainly in cask format, to celebrate the brewery’s 150th anniversary. This is a strong English amber ale with a rich golden colour. Robust, hoppy aroma and full malty taste.

Black Bess Stout

First brewed in 1957.

A sweet stout beer brewed from 1957 to 1994. One of the last beers to be bottled on our old lines.

Blue Label

First brewed in 1950.

An award winning 3.3% strong ale that was claimed to be ‘For Men of The North’.

Northerner No.1

First brewed 1950.

An award winning 3.3% dark mild ale.

Special Pale Ale

First brewed in 1937.

One of our earliest bottle conditioned ales.