The Maltings is a striking brick and flint building within the heart of Wells-next-the-Sea which was built in the early 19th century. In the late 16th century, Wells was the major port for the area and by the first half of the 18th century the town become a major exporter of malt. In 1890 the town had 9 large malthouses, each employing over 50 people. The town is now a seaside resort with a small working port, and the building is one of the last remaining malthouses in Wells.
Until 2016 the Maltings hosted a huge range of community events from team meetings, dance classes, birthday parties, craft fairs and wedding receptions, as well as Wells Pirate Festival, Poetry next the Sea.
The building is now closed for redevelopment as part of Wells Maltings Project.
The Sackhouse is situated next to the Maltings. It was where the sacks from the port and maltings process were woven and repaired two hundred years ago. As Phase 1 of the Maltings Project, the building has been converted into small office units, meeting facilities and further open plan community space available to hire.
The Sackhouse is a space dedicated to fostering the support and growth of local SMEs and start-up businesses and provide space for the community in Wells. The Sackhouse provides much needed affordable office and meeting facilities for the town, as well as a further area where the community can host events, talks, parties, exhibitions, training events and conferences.
The Theatre’s heritage dated back to Georgian times when the then Fisher Theatre was situated in Theatre Road, just a short distance from the Maltings site.
The Granary Theatre was originally part of “The Wells Centre” an arts centre situated in the Maltings and Sackhouse buildings, from 1975 – 1990. From 1994 to 2016 the theatre hosted regular plays and concerts and was looked after by the Friends of the Granary.
The theatre is now closed for redevelopment as part of the Maltings Project. The new facility will include a larger auditorium space with retractable seats, improved backstage and front of house facilities. We look forward to welcoming you in the new theatre, in the meantime Friends of the Granary continue to host events and soirees in the Sackhouse during the development.