The London Beer Flood of 1814

At the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street, in the London Borough of Camden, where now stands the Dominion Theatre, there stood the Horse Shoe Brewery, one of London's’ largest brewery in the 19th century. The brewery was established in 1764, and by 1811 it had become the sixth largest brewery in London with an annual production of more than a hundred thousand barrels. The Horse Shoe Brewery was the site of an unusual tragedy. In 1814, several large vats of beer broke releasing a tsunami of fermented porter in the streets, that killed eight people.

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The Horseshoe Brewery, London, circa 1800.


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