South West Wales

Former Llanelli brewery on Victorian Society 'at risk' list

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A former Carmarthenshire brewery which was one of the first to produce canned beer is said to be one of the most endangered buildings in the UK.

The 165-year-old Buckley's Brewery Maltings in Llanelli has been named in the top 10 of the Victorian Society's endangered buildings list.

The site on the banks of the river has been derelict for almost 20 years since beer production moved to Cardiff.

Plans to convert it into flats were agreed in 2014.

Buckley’s Brewery Maltings, Llanelli Image copyright The Victorian Society

But the conversion to residential apartments has not happened and the Victorian Society has warned "further delay is a luxury these endangered buildings can no longer afford".

The society said the Grade II listed building is in a poor state after "two decades of neglect" and hopes increased publicity will help save it.

"A sensitive restoration scheme would make the former maltings a highly desirable asset to Llanelli," said society director Christopher Costelloe.

The warehouse is on the 2017 endangered list along with the Great Northern Railway Warehouse in Derby and Chance's Glassworks in Smethwick.

Brains bought the Llanelli-based Crown Buckley brewery in 1998.

The Buckley's Brewery Maltings in Llanelli pictured in 1987
Image caption The main brewery building in 1987
Buckley's Brewery Maltings, Llanelli pictured in 1987
Image caption The Maltings building dates from 1856 and is now Grade II listed

Other buildings in Wales previously highlighted as 'endangered' by the Victorian Society

Image copyright The Victorian Society
Image caption 2016: The old Bute Road Station, Cardiff
Image copyright Fragglehunter
Image caption 2015: Kinmel Hall, Conwy county
Image caption 2014: Cardiff Coal Exchange. It reopened in May after a £40m project to save it
Image caption 2013: Palace Theatre, Swansea
Image copyright Debra John
Image caption 2012: Hendrefoilan House, Swansea
Image copyright Victorian Society
Image caption 2011: Former YMCA building, Merthyr Tydfil
Image copyright Geograph/Guy Butler-Madden
Image caption 2010: Old Fire Station, Barry
Image copyright Geograph/Gordon Hatton
Image caption 2009: Defensible Barracks, Pembroke Dock
Image copyright Geograph/Gareth James
Image caption 2008: Chapel at Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff

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