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.

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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.

image captionThe main brewery building in 1987
image captionThe Maltings building dates from 1856 and is now Grade II listed

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

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image caption2016: The old Bute Road Station, Cardiff
image copyrightFragglehunter
image caption2015: Kinmel Hall, Conwy county
image caption2014: Cardiff Coal Exchange. It reopened in May after a £40m project to save it
image caption2013: Palace Theatre, Swansea
image copyrightDebra John
image caption2012: Hendrefoilan House, Swansea
image copyrightVictorian Society
image caption2011: Former YMCA building, Merthyr Tydfil
image copyrightGeograph/Guy Butler-Madden
image caption2010: Old Fire Station, Barry
image copyrightGeograph/Gordon Hatton
image caption2009: Defensible Barracks, Pembroke Dock
image copyrightGeograph/Gareth James
image caption2008: Chapel at Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff

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