Northgate Malt House Building in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire

Grade II-listed– 1864 – T & W Bradley

Malt houses soaked cereal grain in water to create malt to brew beer. The traditional malt house was largely phased out during the twentieth century by mechanised production. The former Warwick's & Richardson's Brewery malt house was constructed in 1864 using local bricks from the Cafferata company at Beacon Hill with the ironwork supplied by the Trent Ironworks of W.N. Nicholson & Sons. The malt house has been empty and derelict since its closure in 1964. This unique building stands with a forlorn ‘To Let’ sign, but with such strong links to the local history of the area, deserves restoration.

Griff said:‘This is one of 3 beer related buildings on this year’s Top 10 list, and perhaps the most unusual. It is certainly unusual for a building to be empty for 54 years and still be with us. Today, very few malt houses survive unaltered. A sympathetic conversion should retain this survivor’s historic fabric as far as possible.

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