Nos. 21-23 Church Street were part of a late Georgian commercial property, to which a later double shop front was added in the middle of the 19th Century. At the rear of the shop, behind closed carriage doors, there is a Grade II listed derelict malthouse of 1785.
At one time, there were seven malthouses in Ashbourne, which were amongst the largest industrial premises in the Town. This malthouse was built by Thomas Hemsworth, a local farmer who also owned 3 inns in the Town. In summer, when malt could not be produced, this building complex was used as a rope-walk for rope making.
During the 19th Century, improved techniques and transport spelt the end of the local malt industry and the production of beer was focused on centres such as Burton-on-Trent.
More information on 21-23 Church Street can be found on the Our Ashbourne website.
A walk around the heritage sites in Ashbourne, including Manion Antiques and its malthouse, can be found in Ashbourne Treasures Town Heritage Trail, which can be obtained from the Visitor Information Centre in Town Hall Yard off the Market Place.