sleaford maltings | between a rock and a hard place

Production of malt at Sleaford Maltings only lasted about fifty years. The plant went into full production in 1906 and could produce 60,000 quarters of malt per season. But some of the malt houses were redundant by the time of the Second World War and malting production finished in 1959: the old infrastructure was out-dated, it was too costly to maintain, and new malting processes had been developed.

The buildings were rented out for the next ten years before the site was purchased by GW Padley (Property) Limited who used it for chicken rearing and vegetable processing. Some of the malting houses were converted for this process and had their conveyor systems removed; others (which we didnít explore) were left with the machinery still in place.

The maltings were Grade II listed in 1974 but this didnít prevent a demolition application in 1982 which was turned down.

The chicken rearing at the maltings ceased when new residential dwellings were built near the plant and Health and Safety Executive shut them down. With no viable uses, the maltings became derelict.

Eastern flank of block #9 looking north. © Simon Cornwell 2009

Detail of the exterior of the eastern wall of the garner of block #9. © Simon Cornwell 2009