In 1761, at the outset of the industrial revolution, Thomas Dakin began distilling gin in warrington in the North Of England, at the age of 25.
He pioneered the development and refinement of high quality English gin and his inventive and enlightened outlook created a superior quality, unrivalled gin distilling heritage and legacy. Given gin’s sordid reputation at the time, this was a highly ambitious move but Dakin had the courage of his convictions to succeed and transform the fortunes of gin from its dark past into a glorious future. Many gin makers followed Thomas Dakin but he was the man that started it all and is widely regarded as the forefather of quality English gin.
In 1761, Warrington was a bustling and prosperous town with some of the best trading links in Great Britain. Mid-way between the industrial port of Liverpool and the industrial northern city of Manchester and linked to both thanks to the development of the English canal network, Warrington has been at the physical crossroads of Britain for the last 255 years. In fact, the world’s first canal, the Bridgewater Canal was built in the same year that Thomas Dakin began distilling his gin. This canal would transform the fortunes of northern England at the start of the Industrial Revolution, which started some years later.