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  • Built for Brewing

    Welcome to the Built for Brewing blog. For me, architectural historian Lynn Pearson, 2012 is the year of beer, as I'm writing a new book about the history, heritage and architecture of (mainly) English breweries, to be published by English Heritage in association with the Brewery History Society. Research, archive trips, brewery visits, it's a lot to do in a year, so follow the blog to see how the book is put together. Should be fun/challenging! And there may even be a few words about beer.....
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Off to Hook Norton

I’m off to Hook Norton this week to do a book signing during the British Guild of Beer Writers and Brewery History Society seminar ‘Beer Writing – Past, present and future’ on Thursday 23rd October. I’m told the event is fully booked, so it should be a grand day out in the lovely Oxfordshire countryside. … Continue reading


The Tetley 10 September

As part of celebrations for Heritage Week at Leeds art centre The Tetley, I’m doing a talk on brewery architectural history. It is at 18.00 on Wednesday 10 September, and booking details may be found by clicking this link. My picture this week is of the industrial landscape as seen from Cardiff Central Station, with … Continue reading

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Heritage Calls

I’ve just added a post to the English Heritage blog Heritage Calling, all about beer and the church. This week’s photo is a postcard view of Palmers Brewery in Bridport, probably dating from the early 1900s. Curious structures in front of the water wheel.

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Starring on BBC Radio Wiltshire!

Perhaps starring is not quite the correct word for a 5 minute appearance on BBC Radio Wiltshire’s afternoon show on Thursday 24 July (at 2.45), but it was nice to hear presenter Sue Davies enthusing about the cover of Built to Brew. We were chatting about Wiltshire’s brewing history, and she asked me how I … Continue reading



Beers all round, my copy of Built to Brew arrived at midday today, 24th June 2014. It has taken a while to get from first submission to printing (a little over a year), but it has been worth the wait, the book looks fantastic. So, potential readers, over to you now – you will probably … Continue reading


Worcester, hops and nearly there

Latest news on Built to Brew is that it has now reached the warehouses of various distributors, so it is possible to order it online, or of course from your favourite book store. I’m promised a copy early next week (so around June 24th). Such suspense! Although I am extremely familiar with the text and … Continue reading

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Put out more flags!

Put out more flags! As Evelyn Waugh said in a completely different context. The news is that Built to Brew now exists as a book; advance copies have arrived at the publisher’s office, and should reach their warehouse next week. I know nothing of the intricacies of book distribution, but this perhaps means that the book … Continue reading


Meanwhile in Southwark

The publication date of Built to Brew will be a bit later than expected (technical hitch), so while we are waiting here is an interesting piece of stained glass work from Christ Church in Southwark (about a quarter mile north of Southwark underground, and open most mornings – check their website). The nave features a … Continue reading


Just a few days to go……

Yes, just a few days to go until publication, which will probably be about 28 May 2014. Can’t say exactly as it is a matter of moving physical copies around the country – and as I can tell you from previous experience, quite often the author is one of the last people to get a … Continue reading


Here’s to the end of May

Latest news on the publication date of Built to Brew is: the end of May 2014. Also, it is good to know that it is being printed in England – seems appropriate somehow, for a book about beer. By the way, the page count came out at 256 in the end (don’t be misled by … Continue reading


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