I’ve been writing about brewery architecture since the 1980s, having drunk my first beer – half a shandy in the Tramway Hotel, Pakefield (the southern tip of Lowestoft in Suffolk) – somewhat earlier. After The Northumbrian Pub (1989) I published The History of Robinson’s Brewery (1997) and British Breweries: An Architectural History (Hambledon Press, 2000), before working with the Brewery History Society on the Brewing Industry Project, which resulted in three reports to English Heritage.

My major new book on Britain’s breweries was published by English Heritage in June 2014 – Built to Brew: The History and Heritage of the Brewery. There’s a whole blog devoted to the research, writing and production of the book, beginning in 2011 – see the Built for Brewing blog. You can see more about the book on Historic England’s website, along with a selection from the many illustrations. book cover

My next brewery project is a field guide to world breweries and brewing, stemming from the difficulties in locating former brewery sites when abroad. This is very much a long term project; read more about it on the Beerscape blog.

4 thoughts on “Breweries

  1. I have just come across the EH Brewing Industry Archive Report. Back in the early 2000s I spent two years working on Palmer’s Brewery archive, producing a research manuscript for their 2008 book.
    The archive is extensive and private, including letter books from 1798 and brew books from 1825. I produced a series of spreadsheets of the data showing production figures from 1825 to c2000 converted to standard barrels.
    i gave a copy to Mike Bone many years ago.
    The research outcome produced a detailed image of the brewing history of Bridport and the licensed houses of the area. The published book was only able to include some of these.

    1. Richard, that’s fascinating, many thanks. I have the book, but from what you say there’s clearly an enormous amount that couldn’t be included. Great that Palmer’s took the trouble to do the job properly!

  2. It would be great if you could share this on any/all social platforms you have :
    The National Brewery Trust has raised over £50k in grant & crowd funding to enable The National Brewery Centre to make the archives publicly accessible for the first time!
    Please check the catalogue out and leave us feedback via the website
    We know we won’t be perfect so let us know what you like or what irritates. Is the content easy to read/find ? Any other inspirational thoughts.
    Many thanks for helping us out with this project.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s