In sunny Suffolk

Week 50

Since the outside world is currently covered in ice (the dog is not best pleased), what better to do than update the blog. Here’s a few pics of sunnier times in Ipswich on the impressive quayside, looking particularly at maltings, as I am writing a small section on them at the moment. One can hardly have a book on breweries without mentioning maltings, especially as their architects were often, though not always, the brewers’ architects. The top pic is of what is now Isaac Lord’s pub, the curious green structure being the top of a renovated (in 1984?) malt kiln; the bar is of course known as the Kiln Bar. More typical of the huge Ipswich maltings, many of which have disappeared, are the Felaw Maltings, across the water. They comprise a pair of massive 7-storey maltings built in 1904 and 1911, listed in 1972 while still in use, but disused after 1981. Eventually, after a spell on the local buildings at risk register, they were renovated, and are now a handsome part of the regenerated quayside. Apparently even the long-disused Tolly Cobbold Brewery, over the river, is also up for conversion, with a decision due on the plans in early 2013.

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