• 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.....


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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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

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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


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