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The Malthouse, Halse

Description: The Malthouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 6 November 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 270502

OS Grid Reference: ST1407928006
OS Grid Coordinates: 314079, 128006
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0450, -3.2270

Location: Halse, Somerset TA4 3AF

Locality: Halse
Local Authority: Taunton Deane Borough Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA4 3AF

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Listing Text

5365 HALSE

ST 12 NW 6/291 The Malthouse

Malthouse late 18th century, datestone 1768. Local red sandstone rubble, main
roof is tiled, with other roofs of slate. The plan is cruciform. The main
malting floors run north-south, with a kiln at the south end. To the west is
a loading bay, and to the east a second kiln. A derelict lean-to runs behind
the main building on the east side. Interior of considerable interest. There
are two long malting floors to the main building with the attic floor divided
by wooden storage bins. The kiln floors are unusual, being paved with Hamstone
slabs, perforated with relatively large holes. (Some additional cloth, gauze
or grid must have prevented barley from falling into the fires below.) The
short stairs from the attic down to the kiln floors can be lifted up on hinges
to reveal shutes, for shovelling the malt down to the first floor of the main
house. A similar device is used on the lower floor. The two small furnaces
are complete, with hopper shaped flues to the kiln floors above. The steep tank
has been incorporated into the ground floor 'room' of the east kiln. It is
unusual to find a malthouse with two kilns. A datestone IH 1768 in the south
gable ties in with a John Hancock, who is known to have been connected with the
site. There are reference to a Hancock family living in Halse from 1653. The
earliest reference to the family malting comes in 1790. This is an interesting
survival of an 18th Century Malthouse, which with kilns and other features may
be unique.

Listing NGR: ST1407928006

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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