These photos are snaps of Silves, a city with a rather splendid castle, a little way north of Faro. Also a rare place in Portugal where I found craft beer being brewed (the bar was right next to the castle). The first photo is a view of the castle from the hotel, with (at the bottom) a roofless factory. The second photo shows the factory, with some excellent line shafting mechanisms. But what did the factory make or process? What on earth are the three large metal containers-on-legs? Looked at it for ages, but I have no idea. And on a completely different matter, booking is now open for the Victorian Society study day on beer and brewing, on 7 May in London, where I’m talking about brewers’ architect William Bradford.
Just back from cycling in Portugal, coast-to-coast (and a bit inland) across the very bottom of the country. Too busy pedalling to photograph a great deal, but the Cooperativa Agricola at Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo (a bit north of Faro) was definitely worth a shot. A fine, if now apparently disused, piece of modernist industrial architecture. Back home we would doubtless know all about it, probably someone would have written a thesis on its architect, but I can find almost nothing about it on the web aside from 3 or 4 photos with no text. It makes one wonder about all the other agricultural co-op buildings in Portugal; the older ones certainly do appear in tourist and history books and websites. It was a similar story with what appears to be an art deco market building in Ayamonte (in Spain, across the river from the most easterly bit of Portugal). This is still in commercial and office use, and painted in all sorts of attractive colours, but I’ve failed to find any reference whatsoever to it on the web, or even a photo. Likelihood is that I have been looking under the wrong name, but still a bit strange.
Just back from my first taste of the Brussels Beer Weekend, when the country’s brewers get together to offer their products in the Grand Place and parade through the streets. Wonderful spectacle, but admit I was surprised to see this little terrier-type on the Omer wagon, clearly having a good time. Came back from Brussels just in time to do a talk on brewery architecture at The Tetley in Leeds, was a very enjoyable evening, ending, of course, in their splendid bar.