• 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.....

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

old Home Brewery

Almost at the printers

After rigorous checking of the three indexes (indices?) the complete final text of Built to Brew has gone off to the designer who will integrate the few small changes into the overall design. And then…. off to the printers! Not sure whether I get to see actual page proofs (ie paper rather than pdfs) but publication … Continue reading

Trumans Burton

And finally the index

Latest news on the breweries book is that it now has an index, in draft form at any rate. Although technically I don’t have to provide the index, I do have to check it. So how do you check an index? By doing the index…. And if you have never done one, they are a … Continue reading

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And now we can see the cover……

Built to Brew – as the book is called – now features in English Heritage’s 2014 book catalogue, available online here. Turn to page 6 for a preview of the cover and contents. And guess where the images come from – both from the same brewery….  

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It’s May!

We now have a proposed publication date for Built to Brew – and it is May 2014! Caution suggests that it might be June or thereabouts, but let’s hope for May. We are nearing the end of tidying up the page layouts and final text amendments, then the index can be sorted out. Not long … Continue reading

Bentleys Yorkshire Breweries shop at Christmas

Never too early/late for Christmas

This postcard of a Bentley’s Yorkshire Breweries shop is one that didn’t make the cut for book illustrations, although it is a nice cheery shot of the shop all decked out for the festive season. A good quality photograph too – though most of what seems to be on sale is whisky rather than beer. … Continue reading


Happy New Beer Year

Happy New Year and lots of beer to all of you who have been reading this blog – and many, many thanks. We are nearly there with editing the book, just shuffling a few pics around for maximum effect and sorting out some minor details, but should be finished and off to the printer early … Continue reading


Built to Brew page layouts arrive!

Into my inbox last night dropped a pdf file with the complete page layout for the book – very much a wow moment as it looks wonderful. No doubt a few tweaks will be necessary here and there, but it is great to see the result of all the picture research and writing in one … Continue reading

Youngman Lowestoft

And now for the design

So, after a lot of intensive re-editing and in-depth scrutiny of all the illustrations and their various legal permissions, we have reached the exciting stage where the whole thing has been delivered to the book designer. Yesss! I’ve had my say about the cover and back cover pics, so we just have to wait and … Continue reading

Harveys mash tuns

Making progesss

I can see from the bright sunshine on the previous post that it’s been some time since I updated the world (well, a handful of people) on how the book is progressing. So, what has been happening since the material was sent to the publisher in mid May? Firstly they do an initial check to see … Continue reading


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