Calke Abbey

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Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derbyshire DE73 7LE

Calke Abbey is a Grade I listed country house near Ticknall, in the care of the National Trust. The house was owned by the Harpur family for nearly 300 years until it was passed to the Trust in 1985.

Like most large estates, Calke had its own brewhouse. Records of brewing at Calke date back to the 16th century, and the surviving brewhouse is thought to date from 1743, although the equipment would have been continually renewed.

It is thought that brewing ceased here in about 1870. After Melbourne Station was built, beer was brought in from breweries in Burton and Derby.

The brewhouse and most of its equipment survives well.

Capacities have been calculated as follows: Mash Tun = 552 gallons; Beer Cooling Tray = 338 gallons; Fermentation Vat = 594 gallons.

Further information:

The brewery in September 2017: