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Southdown Brewery Lewes - Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations
May 24, 2014 at 10:56 pm by v
The Southdown Brewery Building (est. 1838) lies empty and is now starting its long journey towards a slow death deliberately due to Brown Envelopes and stupid Grade II Listed Building Planning Laws, (Look At Horsebridge Mill and St Annes School) It is the last really old building with its surrounding land now left in Lewes that has not been redeveloped. Lets hope that the boffins in charge go 50/50 and give us a nice remembrance.
It is in very good condition contrary to the reports below in my opinion and is Lewes last chance of a sensitive, superb redevelopment project. The North Street Quarter is now done and dusted! Originally occupied by the Southdown Brewery (Beer) then EO Culverwells (Agricultural) and lastly Its a Knockout (£1 Shop)
The Southdown and East Grinstead Breweries Ltd. was registered on July 11th 1895 to acquire the business of Dashwood & Co., the Hope Brewery, East Grinstead, and A.G.S. & T.S. Manning, The Southdown Brewery, Lewes. The Hope Brewery has been in the hands of the Dashwood family since-at least 1878, but the Southdown concern had been owned by the Hillman family until after 1892, a family which had been active in brewing in the town from the early years of the century. Having acquired the business, the Mannings remained in control after the merger, until Tamplins bought them out in 1923.
The Hope Brewery appears to have had about 20 public houses, most of them in Sussex, but with one in Kent (The Crown, Cowden) and three in Surrey (Prince of Wales, Baldwins Hill, Royal Oak, .Dormans-land, Ship Bridge Inn, Burstow). The Southdown Brewery seems to have had about half this number, all in Sussex. However, the combined firm increased rapidly in size in 1898 by taking over 53 houses from two other brewers, Monk & Sons, Bear. Yard, Cliffe, Lewes, and the Dolphin Brewery, Cuckfield. This gave the concern property in the area bounded by East Grinstead, Burwash, Hastings, Newhaven, Warninglid and Burstow. At the time of take-over they owned 85 freehold and three leasehold licensed premises.
The Southdown and East Grinstead Breweries was liquidated on April 25th 1924, having been sold to Tamplins for £274,075. The buildings remain of only one of the breweries – the Southdown – in Daveys Lane, Lewes. Thomas Street, another approach road, is still lined with what appear to be brewery cottages. The brewery building itself, now gutted, was onced owned by E. O. Culverwell Ltd.
The site is located within the planning boundary of Lewes, with the Cliffe Industrial area to the north and west and residential properties of Thomas Street and Malling Street to the south east. The site accommodates the former Culverwells offices, an imposing Grade II Listed Building with a three storey central façade and single and two storey extensions surrounding. There is a courtyard area to the front of the building, facing Thomas Street to the south. The listed building is in a poor state of repair and is on the Council’s Buildings at Risk Register I took only photos and left only my footprints.
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