Bass Maltings, Sleaford

The Bass Maltings in Sleaford opened in the early 20th century and the dominating buildings were used for six decades to produce malt from grain for the production of beer.

Bass Maltings – The stairs room
 

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History

The Maltings in Sleaford were built by Bass Breweries between 1882 and 1905, replacing the many small malthouses in the area. The frontage of 1000ft is broken down into eight huge red brick pavilions with a square tower and slender chimney in the centre. The huge four storey buildings dominate the skyline around the area. They were used for six decades to produce malt from grain for the production of beer.

In addition to their wages, workers eared three pints of beer per day.  The complex struggled to remain open during the Second World War, but survived and continued operating until 1960.

Three of the pavilions have been heavily fire damaged. In 1976 a huge fire broke out in one of the buildings which spread to an adjoining pavilion and the tower. In his book Buildings of England, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner considered the huge brewing malthouses to be Lincolnshire’s most important industrial architecture

Our visits

As per usual, the staircase was the main attraction for me! This time, it’s a spiral staircase in the central tower. The first visit here with Kriegaffe9 and Cowboy55, which was also our first meet-up, was a light painting session under a perfectly clear sky allowing for a lovely star trail as a bonus. Subsequent visits with Mr T allowed for further light painting, and during a final visit with Proj3ct M4yh3m I finally managed some daytime shots of the place!

 

Bass Maltings - Reflections

Bass Maltings – Reflections

Bass Maltings - The room where they keep the orange glow

Bass Maltings – The room where they keep the orange glow

Bass Maltings - Spiral Staircase

Bass Maltings – Spiral Staircase

Bass Maltings - Looking up, Looking down

Bass Maltings – Looking up, Looking down

Bass Maltings - Room at the top

Bass Maltings – Room at the top

Bass Maltings - Towers

Bass Maltings – Towers

Bass Maltings - Star Trail

Bass Maltings – Star Trail

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