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Report - Sleaford Bass Maltings, Lincs, Dec13

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by The Wombat, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. The Wombat

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    Sleaford Bass what? Never heard of it you say.

    … yeah alright, it’s been done before! And I must be the last explorer who’s not been here. But it’s been on the list a while, and this is my take on it, and I hope you like.
    Big thanks to Scrappy for access; whom we bumped into at an RAF control tower earlier on.

    Shot with my new camera, but without tripod, which would have been carried away in the gale force winds – we could actually feel the tower swaying in the wind. Sadly the other buildings were not accessible on our visit.

    Still no sign of any development here.

    First explore for a while with King Mongoose.


    The maltings at Sleaford was an attempt to centralise malt production in an efficient way, making use of economies of scale and steam power for moving barley around the site. For the first few decades the site was able to produce malt far cheaper than any other, however with the advent of pneumatic malting in the 1940-50s, Sleaford fell into decline, ceasing as a maltings in 1959. Bass had first experimented with pneumatic malting in 1899 at the Plough Maltings in Burton, so in some ways Sleaford was outdated before it was even built. The maltings at Sleaford are considered Couchman’s best work, however his earlier Shobnall Maltings (1891) bears many resemblances.


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    Thanks for looking :)
     

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