sleaford maltings | between a rock and a hard place

We found ourselves in the semi-basement of the Garner of malting house #7. Cast iron columns supported riveted girders across which were closely spaced joists. All the buildings of the malting were extremely strongly built; they had to be able to cope with the weight of the barley and the various conveyor belts and machinery installed within.

This rugged construction had enabled the buildings to survive the fires in a structurally sound condition.

The basement was swept clean and empty. Originally it would’ve been used for the storage of the malt. The opposite door was open so we pushed on.

Semi-basement of the garner of block #7. View east. © Simon Cornwell 2009

Semi-basement of the garner of block #7. View east having just moved north. © Simon Cornwell 2009