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Brewer of Manchester
1813 Joseph Holt was born in Unsworth, a village north of Manchester.
Attracted by the big city, Joseph became a carter at Harrison's Strangeways Brewery.
1849, he married 40 year old Catherine Parry. By all accounts Catherine had a good business brain and she mortgaged property to finance a small brewery behind a pub in Oak Street in the centre of Manchester.
1855 The Holts moved to the Ducie Bridge Brewery with a 12-barrel 'pan'.
1860 bought the current site in what is now Empire Street and built a brand new brewery.
1882 Joseph Holt handed over to his son Edward after establishing a chain of 20 houses.
1890 Edward was involved in local politics; elected Lord Mayor in 1908.
1928 Edward died; the company was passed to his son, also Edward.
Remained in the family ever since.