Hundreds of beer bottles have been found whilst excavating a series of Victorian and Georgian cellars in Leeds city centre. In Scarborough Castle Inn more than 600 neatly stacked boxes were found hidden under an old set of stairs, The Yorkshire Post reported.
The excavation is currently taking place in the area that spans the former line of Hunslet Lane, Leeds. The site is inside the area that was formerly the Tetley Brewery which is in the process of renewal at the moment.
There were a range of beers within this lucrative find with the majority of them being of J.E Richardson of Leeds.
Beers were sent to West Yorkshire Joint Services for analysis with the results showing that the liquid was alcoholic. They also showed that there were high levels of lead which they believe could potentially have been caused by lead pipes contaminating the water supply used to brew the beer.
The excavation has given archaeologists the chance to explore this part of Leeds from the late medieval period to the modern day.
According to The Yorkshire Evening Post David Williams, at Archaeological Services WYAS, said: “This excavation is giving us a great opportunity to uncover a part of Georgian and Victorian Leeds. The results so far are giving a real insight to the daily lives of the former residents of Leeds during this period.”