British Breweries

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Overview

" I have no pain now, mother dear, But, oh, I am so dry! Connect me to a brewery and leave me there to die."

Breweries were large and striking buildings whose towering presence was often reinforced by their occupation of sites in the middle of towns. They were the flagships of a major industry and generators of some of the great business fortunes. Designing their breweries for architectural grandeur as well as for their function, brewers were well aware of the marketing value of their buildings and used them as advertisements. What is surprising is that so little attention has been paid to breweries, in contrast to other great industrial buildings such as mills and warehouses. Lavishly illustrated, British Breweries covers the whole of their history, from the country house brewhouses of the eighteenth century to the great breweries of Georgian and Victorian England, and to widespread disappearance in the twentieth century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852851910
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Series: Architectural Buildings Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Pearson is a writer, researcher and photographer whose main interest is architectural history.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations vii
Acknowledgments xi
Part 1
1 Towers of Strength 1
2 Brewing and Building 13
3 A Magnificence Unspeakable 27
4 Function and Style 41
5 Breweries of the 1870s 61
6 The Rise of the Brewers' Architect 77
7 The Ornamental Brewery 101
8 Decline and Fall 121
9 The Brewery in the Twenty-First Century 141
Part 2
A Directory of Brewers' Architects, 1780-1939 150
Brewery Construction by Town, 1865-1906 199
Notes 216
Glossary 230
Bibliography 237
Index 247
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