Record Details

NHER Number:6522
Type of record:Building
Name:Letheringsett brewery and maltings


An important 18th and 19th century brewery and maltings complex. The surviving buildings stand around a courtyard and include a malthouse, a building containing two malt kilns, a tun house, cart sheds and Glaven Cottage (the brewer's house). Sections of the brewhouse remain, although most of it was demolished following a fire in 1936. The complex had a waterwheel; this was located in a tunnel that passes under malthouse and the cart sheds. The brick and iron road bridge on the Holt to King's Lynn road was built as part of the complex in 1818.


  • The 18th and 19th century brewery and maltings at Letheringsett.  © Courtesy of Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service.


Grid Reference:TG 0611 3880
Map Sheet:TG03NE

Full description

Fine industrial buildings of 1780, 1812 and 1827.
Bridge of cast iron and tunnel.
Maltings Grade II, Glaven Cottage (brewery clerk's house; Grade II), Tun House (barrel stores) Grade II, Bridge Grade II.
See (S2) in file. Press cutting (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 6 April 1990.

(S4) notes the very great importance of these buildings since the loss of the Mistley maltings in Essex.
E. Rose (NLA), 28 August 2003.

Main publication in detail is (S5).
E. Rose (NLA), 21 December 2004.

April 2006.
In 1749 there was a 'Brewing office, store, malthouse, 30 coomb steep, dwelling house' on the site.
The present buildings are arranged around the sides of an open yard.
Malthouse - brick, two storey. Restored after fire of 1827. Used for agricultural purposes during 20th century.
Glaven Cottage - two storeys. Used since 1792, datestone of 1870 probably refers to rebuild.
Lean-tos and steep tank, rendered in brick.
Maltkilns - large, parallel to main road and bridge. Gault brick and blind arcading. Hipped pantile roof. West elevation has evidence 1936 brewery fire. Two kilns inside, side by side but separated by a full height wall. Clock installed in 1937.
The cart sheds - two storey building. Ground floor cart shed, adjacent stabling.
Waterwheel - water from River Glaven passed through sluice and into a tunnel under malthouse, emerging into pond close by. Then under bridge and into tunnel under cartsheds and main road, past hydraulic ram chamber amd back to river. There was a waterwheel within the tunnel.
Brewhouse - L-shaped range. Nearly all demolished following fire of 1936. Had a turret clock mounted in a cupola.
Tunroom - ornamental façade of gault brick and blind arcading. Heavy construction - designed to keep contents at a steady temperature. About 8m tall internally. Dated 1814.
Information from (S5).
The bridge is dated 1818.
For further information see (S1).
D. Robertson (NLA), 6 April 2006.

Monument Types

  • TUNNEL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WATERMILL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BARN (18th Century to 21st Century - 1750 AD to 2100 AD)
  • BREWERY (18th Century to 21st Century - 1750 AD to 2100 AD)
  • HOUSE (18th Century to 21st Century - 1750 AD to 2100 AD)
  • MALT KILN (18th Century to 21st Century - 1750 AD to 2100 AD)
  • PLAQUE (19th Century - 1814 AD to 1814 AD)
  • STOREHOUSE (19th Century to 21st Century - 1814 AD to 2100 AD)
  • BRIDGE (19th Century to 21st Century - 1818 AD to 2100 AD)
  • PLAQUE (19th Century - 1870 AD to 1870 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2005. Building Report.. Building Report.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 586.
---Article in Serial: Durst, D.. 1993. Letheringsett: Industrial Archaeology in a Rural Setting. Part I - Introduction.. NIAS Journal. Vol 5, No 3, pp 200-205.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1991. Don't sacrifice village for traffic convenience. 23 October.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1996. [Sale advertisement for Letheringsett brewery and maltings]. 28 June.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2000. Holiday homes plan at maltings. 23 September.
---Unpublished Document: Patrick, A.. 1996. Letheringsett Brewery, Holt Road, Letheringsett, Norfolk (Brewery and Maltings Complex).
---Correspondence: Correspondence regarding Letheringsett Maltings.
---Unpublished Document: North Norfolk Council: West Area Development Control Sub-Committee. 1997. Letheringsett Maltings.
---Photograph: Royal Commission for Historic Monuments England. 1997. Brewery, Maltings and Associated Buildings, Holt Road, Letheringsett, NF.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Fiche: Exists.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1049836.
<S2>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1987. [Illustration of Letheringsett brewery and maltings]. 19 October.
<S4>Article in Serial: Patrick, A.. 2002. Mistley Maltings.. Essex Archaeology and History. Vol 33. pp 333-356.
<S5>Article in Serial: Dunst, D.. 2004. Letheringsett: Industrial Archaeology in a Rural Setting. Part 4: The Brewery.. NIAS Journal. Vol 7, no 4, pp 5-40.

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44223Related to: Lily Pond (Monument)
MNO5810Related to: Malt Kilns The Street LETHERINGSETT (Revoked)

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