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The Malthouse in Worle High Street
The Worle High Street talk on Thursday evening resulted in several new questions, but the Malthouse, featured in the 1909 photograph, left, caused the most interest.
The 'pointy bit' in the picture has been renamed the 'Turret' by one of our younger members.
Also Maurice Williams remembered being taken inside it by his late father. He thinks it housed a stair case at the time, which allowed access to different levels. At a guess the date for this memory may be in the 1950s. The existance of the arched access points/windows suggests that its original purpose was connected with the storage of hops for the brewery. The building, as far as we can ascertain, was built in the 1790s.
Maurice has since sent us the following message:
En route to Worle Station yesterday evening I had a quick look at the tower that appeared on a number of your photographic illustrations. An RSJ has been inserted into the tower just below the tapered roof. This may be to act as a support to some crane work of heavy items within the tower. I hope that it is possible to find out what is going on!
We would be very pleased to hear from anyone who can throw light on the history of the turret from its origins in the 18th century to its present day situation. Maybe we can put together a case for a blue plaque at the site, or even a Historic England listing.
Picture of the structure, as it looked this morning, is provided below. Please contact email@example.com with ideas and information. thank you.
Jon Blythe replied to my query on facebook and provided the following information. Many thanks, Jon.
Jon Blythe During the 70's I worked on the adjacent site when it was a used car lot and repair
The whole site being owned by The Imperial Laundry which had closed down and was being sold to developers.
The cottages at the Base of the tower, was the temporary residence of friends of mine, and I quite often had occasion to roam the old Maltings, (which it was,).
There was a spiral stair running up the inside of the tower, which had partially crumbled on the inside elevation but was still climbable.
I once had to climb up to rescue 2 of the family living there, (although I think I was the one that needed rescuing, lol). And there was indeed a beam running across the inside which supported a block and tackle. It was contemporary with the building.