• 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.....

Built to Brew wins award!

Hello again – back to tell you about some great news: Built to Brew has been given the Association for Industrial Archaeology’s 2015 Peter Neaverson Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Industrial Archaeology. This is a great honour and I’m more pleased than I can say. Details of the award are at the AIA website. I’ll … Continue reading


And finally…..

It has been very gratifying to see the initial reviews for Built to Brew, and I think there will be more (hopefully positive!) to come as the reviewing and publication process is rather long drawn out. So I’d just like to thank English Heritage (my publishers) and the Brewery History Society for their support throughout the … Continue reading

Don Brewery, Sheffield

Thanks to all at the British Guild of Beers Writers/Brewery History Society seminar last week who made it such a brilliant day. Sold a few books at lunchtime as well! Stopped off in Sheffield on the way back up north to take some factory/industrial pics, and finally saw this remnant of the Don Brewery (demolished … Continue reading

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

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.

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

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