This is what I learned about the place from Wikipedia: The Maltings is a set of buildings, mostly dating from the 19th century, built on the banks of the River Alde near Snape. Its original purpose was for barley malting operations used for beer production. Local barley, once malted, was sent from The Maltings to London, and then exported to mainland Europe. Today Snape Maltings is a collection of granaries and malthouses nestled alongside the River Alde– these buildings have been converted into shops, galleries, restaurants and the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.
It’s a really lovely place to just browse and have a cup of tea and a bit to eat. There are so many interesting shops, and it’s really nice to take a break from all the chain stores in my town and see some wonderfully curated collections of things. We picked up some things for our home, and enjoyed perusing the gourmet food shop. We’ll be back to look at the ever-changing assortment of lovely stuff. Plus, the setting is just beautiful.
I didn’t take a lot of pictures of the insides of shops, of course, but I had a hard time paring down the photos I want to share from the surrounding property. I imagine it’s an incredible place to spend a warm summer afternoon, too.
Even though the weather was very cold and very gray, it was still beautiful. That’s the thing about England… It’s just so beautiful. I love little places like this, with interesting history, restored buildings set in the middle of a nature preserve. This makes me think about the fact that commerce doesn’t have to be ugly. It can be thoughtful, and it can be a way to preserve a place. I love the care that has gone into turning these old industrial spaces into a group of small business that honor their location and history. We can’t wait to go back!
Have you found any fun places in your area lately?