For those interested in the theme of our Ale & Hearty project – Brewers and brewing, there’s an interesting talk coming up by Steve Homewood who we also spoke to during our own project about his heritage.
Strike a Light hosts an exhibiton event for Heritage Open Days on Friday 9th September 1-7pm & Saturday 1-5pm
Mezzanine Level, 8 Marshalls Row, Open Market, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4JU
An exhibition specially for Heritage Open Days which focuses on the history of brewing in Lewes, East Sussex and its related industrial and agricultural links from the 18th Century to the present day, a period of some 200 years. The exhibition looks at Lewes’s working life in relation to Breweries, agricultural workers and rural life and trades. It also links in with abstinence and religious culture locally at the time, as well as a clear relation between trades and society through social clubs. The exhibition runs along these thematic lines –
Breweries in decline
Hops and songs
Revival of micro breweries
A project in partnership with Harveys Brewery.
Friday 9 September: 12-7pm
Saturday 10 September: 1-5pm
No booking required
There is an accessible lift by the stairs to the Mezzanine level and doors upstairs are wheelchair accessible.
Inside Brighton’s Open Market (off London Road) on the top Mezzanine Level. Access lift beside stairs to the Mezzanine level
The two Brighton ones depicted are the old brewery on Black Lion Street, Brighton and a long gone one we’d never even heard of in old Portslade village.
The Black Lion Brewery in Brighton is said to date from the mid 16th century, although the buildings we see in this late 1960s view are probably early 18th century. Door openings on first and second floors allowed brewing materials to be hoisted up and into the brewery. It was once owned by Flemish refugee Deryk Carver who was burnt at the stake in Lewes in 1555 for refusing to recant his Protestantism. He was put in a barrel before his execution in order to mock the brewing profession. The Black Lion was rebuilt as a facsimile in 1974, but the cellars beneath, which may be 16th century, still exist.
The middle of the 19th century was a crucial period for the development of brewery architecture. With the introduction of steam power around the start of the 19th century came the professional brewery engineers who rapidly rose to dominate the field of brewery design and construction. One such practice was Scammell and Colyer who designed the Portslade Brewery in Brighton for Dudney & Sons in 1881. The most distinctive feature is its tall, detached, decorative chimney with a massive base sporting the company logo entwined with barley stalks and bunches of hops.
Strike a Light hosted a project book launch recently in Lewes (January 2014).
This involved a drop-in crafts workshop to make slumber pillows using heritage local hops, showcasing our Ale and Hearty project exhibition, a screening of our Ale Tales film, wild food cafe, and free beer tasting.
The hit of the evening was a round table discussion about brewing with Miles Jenner, Master Brewer from Harveys Brewery, David Muggleton – Editor of The Sussex Drinker, Godfrey Broster the brewing vicar, and John Copper of the singing Copper Family.
We had a packed house and a great time, in part due to the generous beer provisions donated by Harveys of Lewes!
Ale and Hearty was an HLF funded social history project about brewing and related agriculture and industry around Lewes.
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is a community interest company. We focus on exploring life stories and history through creative projects. Based in Brighton, Strike a Light works with and for the wider community across Sussex