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New Rhodes bar celebrates Bishop's Stortford's industrial heritage




Rhodes Arts Centre, Bishops Stortford. The Maltings Bar has opened at the centre after a major refurbishment. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7601761)
Rhodes Arts Centre, Bishops Stortford. The Maltings Bar has opened at the centre after a major refurbishment. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7601761)

Bishop’s Stortford’s heritage takes centre stage in Rhodes Arts Complex’s refurbished bar.

The new Maltings Bar reflects the town’s industrial history and showcases some of the exhibits from the venue's museum.

The bar is aptly named as Rhodes stands close to three of the town’s finest remaining maltings, built in the 19th century and once owned by Messrs HA & D Taylor.

Despite the change in spelling, the buildings now known as Millar’s 1, 2 and 3 commemorate the original maltster, Joshua Miller. The maltings continued production until the mid-1900s.

In 1970 the Hertfordshire and Essex Malthouse Trust converted them into The Triad arts centre and concert hall, but they were subsequently sold to a developer who adapted them for light industry and leisure facilities.

The Rhodes bar upgrade is part of a series of changes at the South Road centre. Operations director Paula Holland, museum curator Chris Lydamore and the team have been working on developing and providing a variety of events and activities for the community to enjoy with recently appointed artistic programmer Sue Scott Davison.



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