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Latitude: 51.9442 / 51°56'39"N
Longitude: 1.0812 / 1°4'52"E
OS Eastings: 611868
OS Northings: 231785
OS Grid: TM118317
Mapcode National: GBR TP4.45W
Mapcode Global: VHLCB.PDGF
Entry Name: Maltings and Kiln Number 1, Mistley Quay Handling and Forwarding Company Limited
Listing Date: 30 November 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1074932
English Heritage Legacy ID: 438487
Location: Mistley, Tendring, Essex, CO11
Civil Parish: Mistley
Built-Up Area: Mistley
Traditional County: Essex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex
Church of England Parish: Mistley with Manningtree St Mary and St Michael
Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford
MISTLEY MISTLEY QUAY
10/249 Maltings and Kiln No. 1.
Mistley Quay Handling
and Forwarding Company
Maltings. Circa 1896, now empty apart from a small area on 5th floor used as
offices for Mistley Quay Handling Company. For Free, Rodwell and Company Ltd.
Iron work by J.R.M. Fitch, Lawford Ironworks. Red brick with gault dressings.
Double range, grey slate roofs. Kiln to east with tall pyramidal roof. An
imposing building presenting 8 storeys to the quayside and 5 storeys to High
Street. The Kiln of 5 storeys with roof to full height of the Maltings. The
lower storeys act as a buttress to the High Street and are 25 feet wide, the 5
upper storeys 56 feet wide. Kiln of 3 bays, Maltings of.17 bays with pilasters
between, 4 dentilled and moulded bands and parapet band; gable ends similar of
2:2 bays with central pilasters extending to gable apices, cornices to apices.
Originally with segmental headed louvred 3 light ventilator openings to each bay
and storey, 4 C20 windows have been inserted to 5th storey of High Street and
Mistley Quay faces, also some loading doors. 3.bays break foward to both faces
with panelled parapet, the High Street bays with semi-circular arches to top
floor. To the east of these 3 bays is a cast iron hoist loft supported by iron
columns, with projecting shaft and pully wheel. Interior. A small area has
been enclosed since 1967 as an office unit, and there is some storage in ground
floor rooms. Most of the Maltings red quarry tiled floors remain. Cast iron
support pillars with moulded capitals to each floor. Cast iron mesh floor to
kiln, cast iron turner. Cast iron kiln doors. Cast iron self emptying steeping
tanks. Cast iron scales labelled W & Avery, Birmingham. Driving shaft with
wheels and chute to Kiln. During the 1850's there were many partnerships in the
Mistley Malting industry, during 1983 Robert Free, William Hunter Rodwell,
Robert E. Free and E.N. Heneage consolidated their interests to Free, Rodwell
and Company Ltd., with 4 maltings. No. 1 was reconstructed in 1896, No. 5 was
built the following year but was burnt to the ground 1898, even so, the Company
had built No. 6 before the end of the century and No. 7 by 1904. Robert Free
published a pamphlet 1888 announcing "the installation of self-emptying steeping
cisterns, wedgewire kilns with Blackman's air propellor, malt storage for a
season's making and mechanical conveyors for the raw barley and finished malt."
He also stressed the need for large storage capacity. He foresaw the
development of farming which was to bring the whole of the. harvest onto the
market during the months of September-November each year. Robert Free's
advanced technological ideas were executed in cast iron by J.R.M. Fitch,
formerly 0. Bendall of Lawford Ironworks, Manningtree, now demolished. He died
1902 and his son in 1928, their successor Mr. I. Garwood, later introduced new
features including power shovels to load and unload kilns and turners. About
1961 Dr. Sandegrin of Sweden developed gibroic acid which speeded up the
steeping process to 5 and now 3 days and this company are, believed to be the
first to use this method commercially. Of the 7 maltings only this, Nos. 7, 3
and 4 in School Road q.v. 10/256 and 257 and No. 2 in High Street now remain,
plus a kiln of Nos. 5 and 6 on Baltic Wharf, Mistley Quay: Maltings No. 2 High
Street, now owned by Messrs. Edme and Co. had its kiln destroyed by fire a few
years ago but is used to manufacture cereal products. Nos. 7, 3 and 4 are at
present owned by Allbrew Maltsters Ltd and are empty q.v. 10/256 and 257. The
horizontal steam engine No. 65019 by Marshall, Gainsborough has been removed
from Messrs. Edme's works in High Street to The Industrial Steam Museum,
Forncett St. Mary, Norfolk. Malting at Mistley pamphlet produced by Messrs
Allbrew Maltsters Ltd during the 1960's. Industrial Archaeology of East Anglia
John Booker, 1980 Batsford. Information from Mr. I. Garwood Mistley Quay.
Handling Co. Ltd., Mr. A. Coleman, Allbrew Maltsters Ltd., and Mr. Lansdown,
Messrs. Edme Maltings Ltd.
Listing NGR: TM1186831785
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