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Report - Sleaford Bass Maltings, Lincolnshire - December 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Hydro, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. Hydro

    Hydro 28DL Regular User
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    Bit of History;

    Designed specifically to facilitate three key stages in the production of beer, the Bass Maltings represent both a practical and architecturally pleasing group of buildings.

    The site was purchased by Bass Ratcliff & Greeton Ltd in 1901, and building commenced to the design of Mr H A Couchman, an architect responsible for previous Bass projects.

    At the turn of the 20th century, Bass Maltings was well placed for a malting complex on this scale. Situated in a very rural environment, it was close to extensive fields of barley, a seasonal workforce was on hand once the summer harvest had been gathered, the area was served by a plentiful water supply due to Artesian well dug at the end of the 19th century, and the railway line was in close proximity for ease of transportation. The site was purchased by Bass Ratcliff & Greeton Ltd in 1901, and building commenced to the design of Mr H A Couchman, an architect responsible for previous Bass projects. Construction spanned six years, starting with the engine house and associated buildings, and finishing with the smaller ancillary buildings such as the managers' cottages, dining halls, and the administrative offices. Covering a geographical area of just over 13 acres, and comprising some 500,000 sq ft of floor space, the Bass Maltings cost around £350,000 to complete. Standing against a backdrop of flat landscape, this impressive complex can be seen for many miles, its eight massive malt houses, central water tower, and tall chimney dominating the skyline.

    Production was under way in September 1906 and fully operational by the following year, with a capacity to produce 60,000 quarters of malt per season. Throughout the first half of the 20th century production continued at a pace but, by the end of the Second World War, had declined to such an extent that many of the buildings had become redundant. While other trades rented some of the unused space, the malt industry continued to decline until, in 1959, production finally ceased. The infrastructure had simply become out-dated and too costly to maintain. In 1973 the Bass Maltings were purchased by a local firm, GW Padley (Property) Ltd who utilised it for chicken rearing and vegetable processing, but the chicken rearing came to end during the 1990s when approval was given for residential development of adjacent land.

    The Explore;

    Getting onto the site was as easy as walking round a fence, although getting into the building was a little harder. At first glance the place looks a little bland, that is untill you notice the brick and tile work which has gone into the lower floors. The first 2 buildings were pretty much the same,4 floors of open space and a really rotten top floor and we had used one of the most unstable bridges ive ever seen to cross between them so we werent looking forward to crossing another although we did. The third & fourth building had been completely gutted by fires so the only way to cross was to hop along RSJ's 3 floors up.

    The real treasure of this location however was in the water tower, and its situated in a grand Gerorgian style hall at the foot of the tower; a huge spiral staircase. Quick few photos of this and then a quick ascent to the top of this terrifyingly high tower. Once at the top we did notice that we had attracted the attention of PC PLOD of th Lincolnshire Police, so a quick exit was made.

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  2. slayaaaa

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    Re: Sleaford Bass Maltings, Lincolnshire

    Ah what a shame it's been left like that. Looks like an alright explore :) cheers for sharing.
     
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    its a really good explore, certainly worth a visit. Would have liked to see it before it got arson attacked
     
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    Did you manage to see the secca? The old guy driving around in his van caught me and a friend just after we got in :(
     
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    Nicely done again.. Loved this place so much at sunset..

    Could you whack the date in the title please
     
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    Nice to see the old girl again and in the sunshine as well :thumb

    I hope you didn"t park up @ Pic 1? it"s the first place the Police go to normally........so i found out :D

    Only a few more fires before Tesco completes it"s quest ;)
     
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    Re: Sleaford Bass Maltings, Lincolnshire

    Catch that spiral staircase with the right sunlight and it makes for a heck of a shot.

    They are still arguing about the redevelopment of this place, its ridiculous.
     
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    Re: Sleaford Bass Maltings, Lincolnshire

    I really enjoyed this place when i went, you have got some nice shots!

    Photo #2 took a bit of brain processing to work out :)

    Is the tap still running from the big water tank near the center of the site?
     
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    Cheers mate, and yes that photo confused me for second even though i took it! Taps still running, and it hadnt been raining so its clearly still got water in it!
     
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