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Report - Langley Maltings - November 2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by amaa.x, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. amaa.x

    amaa.x 28DL Member
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    Nov 9, 2010
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    Within a couple of days of joining I was ready for my first explore!
    I met up with donebythehands and a few others (terribly sorry I'm
    rubbish with names).

    But anyway, our original plan didn't work out well and we found
    ourselves at Langley Maltings! I didn't even know this was here
    until these guys mentioned it. After looking up some history on it,
    the original pictures make it look a beautiful building! I couldn't
    believe the damage it has faced since it closed!

    Just want to say a big thank you to donebythehands and the rest
    the group!!

    Here's a bit of history...


    "On the evening of 8th September 2009 fire broke out in the derelict
    Maltings in Western Road, Langley. Half of the roof of the grade two
    listed building was destroyed before the fire was put out, and three
    of its characteristic outlet towere destroyed. So, another iconic
    building in the history of Oldbury is damaged or lost.

    The maltings were erected by Walter Showell around 1880 on the
    side of the Titford Canal to supply malt to his new 'Crosswells Brewery'
    a hundred yards away across the railway line. This was one of the
    largest breweries in the area, and Showell's Ales were distributed
    throughout the Midlands. Local barley was used in the malting process,
    supplemented with grain brought in by barge and, later, by railway.

    Malting ceased in 2006, and the building was sold by its owners,
    Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries, in 2007, since when it has been
    allowed to deteriorate. It was one of the last maltings to still use the
    traditional 'floor' malting process: the grains of barley were steeped in
    water and then spread over the floor of the maltings, the mass being
    frequently turned to permit even germination. At the end of the
    twentieth century, there were only five maltings in the country still
    using this process.

    It is a striking building, rising from the side of the canal, the water at
    the base of its walls, and a feature of the canal walk from Oldbury
    locks to Titford Pool. This was not its first major fire. On 25th
    September 1925 the maltings caught fire and half of the building
    destroyed. Added hazards in 1925 were the location of the Shell-Mex
    petroleum tanks next to the maltings, and tar wagons in the railway
    yard opposite: both long since gone. On that occasion,the maltings
    were part of a commercially successful operation, and were quickly
    rebuilt. Their future now is much less certain, but it is to be hoped
    that they can be retained and a new use found for them."

    So I'm not a professional and I don't have the best SLR but I have
    tried my best :)


    Thanks for looking :)​

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