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3 / Jul 2018
Here at Fritz Fryer we are lucky to be based in the pretty market town of Ross-on-wye, Herefordshire, UK. We are currently housed in a building that is full of character that has been changed over the years with every different occupant. The building started out life as a bottling plant for The Alton Court Brewery, the largest brewery in town in the 1870’s.
The majority of our neighbouring buildings on station street were erected as functioning brewery out buildings. The Malt house is now the local Sainsbury’s supermarket and a small shopping precinct named The Maltings. The brewery itself was demolished 28 years after trading ceased in 1992 to make way for new accommodation in the town centre. The hairdressers, Reds, to the rear of us on Henry street was the Stable and Dray store, the original pulley system to lift hay up and down the from attic is still in place.
We are lucky enough to have our own original features in the building, floor to ceiling windows that once upon a time would pull out, making for easy access, the original exterior pulley system and 10 impressive Georgian Iron Pillars which hold up an unusually heavy duty floor which makes us question if the building was used for more than just bottling.
We are bursting at the seams in this building, with a collection of antique stock that we have been adding to for the past 15 years, we employ 14 people, design, make and box up fittings to go all over the world. Just from this modest brewery building we produce everything you see online, and an infinite amount more is possible. We are proud to be custodians of the brewery and learning a little bit more about the building makes us love it just that little bit more.