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Report - Bass Maltings, Sleaford - April 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by jsp77, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. jsp77

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    History via Wikipedia

    The Bass Maltings in Sleaford, England are a large group of eight disused malt houses originally owned by the Bass Brewery of Burton upon Trent. Constructed between 1901 and 1907 to Herbert A. Couchman's design, the maltings are the largest group of malt houses in England;[1] they have been designated Grade II* on the National Heritage List for England, recognising them as "particularly important ... of more than special interest."[2]

    Part of the predominantly agricultural county of Lincolnshire,[3] the Sleaford area was a major producer of barley in the 1880s. When germinated and dried to form malt, barley forms a key ingredient in the production of beer. Along with the town's railway links, this attracted the Bass brewery company to the town. The use of more efficient techniques at Bass's other plant led to the closure of Sleaford's maltings in 1959. Despite being used to rear poultry in the late 20th century, the buildings have not been fully occupied since Bass left and a fire in 1976 caused severe damage to three of the malthouses. Derelict since the 1990s, proposals to convert the buildings into office, retail and residential space were put on hold in early 2015 after lengthy delays over planning permission and the withdrawal of a major investor.

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    After seeing this place on-line and then the drones in forbidden zones vid I had this on my list.
    I set off early on a solo visit I had a quick scout around and found a suitable access point, well that what I thought, another pair of ripped trousers and a cut to my inner thigh and I was in.
    It turned out to be a very good morning, had a look round various buildings, be careful as some parts of the floors are rotten. I just couldn't find away into the water tower, may be next time, there does look to be some fresh boards sealing bits up.

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  2. BrainL

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    Like some of the reflection pics :) Did you see the big spiral staircase in there?
     
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    unfortunately not, but now have an excuse of a return trip
     
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    Very good quality shots there!

    Been a few years since I went here, may have to pop back at some point.
     
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    Haven't been myself but theres a huge spiral staircase there that looks nice :)
     
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    The spiral staircase is in the building in your final photo, looks boarded up to me. It was wide open when I went, about a year ago.
     
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    What a great place, excellent pics :thumb
     
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    I also ruined a pair of trousers here the other year.
     
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    thanks Moondog
     
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    Been here today, saw a bunch of amateurs trying to get in. We watched them turn back, we could see security & canine.
    After his circuit, he was still there in his car an hour later.
    That's not a bad job for a bank holiday. We had to give in.

    Seems like planning is going to be going ahead, so it will be tighter in future.
     
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