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 illustrations as a pdf, the photos in the pdf were all low-res, so I’m really looking forward to seeing how they come out on the actual page. One illustration we couldn’t fit in was of the former Hopmarket building (1899-1903) in Worcester, now shops and housing but originally a hop market, warehouse and hotel. Much decorative terracotta including a couple of panels showing cherubs interacting with hops. Between it and Worcester’s Foregate railway station stands the former premises (1874) of one of the local hop merchants, Sidney Myers, with more hop-related sculpture by local man William Forsyth (1834-1915); this is the main picture. I’ll be back next week when I’ve seen the book, I hope.





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