British malting industry since 1830

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    Authors & editors

    Clarke, Christine [Author]

    Publisher Hambledon Press
    Year of publication 1998

    English (main text)

    Medium Book

    Food (non-cereal) processes > Drinks
    Economics & commerce > Specific companies

    Scope & contentThis is the overall account of malting, its processes, products and sales, owners and employees, and the evolution from small local businesses in 1830 to large companies and exporters in the 1990's. The author traces the influence of the growing demand for beer in Victorian England and the increasing power of the large breweries on the malt industry. Maltsters were often regarded as the poor cousins of brewers but technical innovations and the arrival of the railways offered the potential to develop business opportunities and amass great fortune. Many small family firms were concentrated into a few large ones that survived a series of crises (war, depression and foreign competition) to undertake a malting revolution and become significant exporters from the 1970's. Chapters: 1 - Production, location and taxation 1830-1880; 2 - The greatest competitor: malting and the brewing trade 1830-1914; 3 - The free mash tun 1880-1914; 4 - Entrepreneurs and companies 1830-1914; 5 - Costs, prices and profits 1830-1914; 6 - War and depression 1914-1945; 7 - The malting revolution 1945-1975; 8 - The family firm 1914-1975; 9 - The modern malting industry 1975-1998. The book contains various 21 tables and 10 appendices, numerous illustrations, an extensive bibliography and a comprehensive list of the companies mentioned in the text.
    KeywordsMilling, Brewing, Family history, People, Archaeology & history

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    Accession no. 230105

    • Shelf location: L600-CLA
    • Donor: Glyn Jones