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Harvey's 'Home of Crafts' March and April

Harvey's Calendar follows the theme of 'Home of Crafts' for 2020.

We are proud to invest in our team of highly skilled craftsmen, who are permanently employed to take care of our Listed building, Listed and non listed pubs, and production plant, all of which require maintenance 365 days a year. 

Our calendar introduction displays an "Estimate for the erection of the Bridge Wharf Brewery at Lewes in the County of Sussex for Messrs. Harvey & Son" from the architect William Bradford in 1881, and lists the various crafts and trades the brewery would need to be involved in the project.

The resultant Bridge Wharf Brewery, completed in 1882, retains its original design to this day. It has seen many improvements over the years and is the subject of constant maintenance, and all of these crafts are still pivotal in the day to day upkeep of our Listed Building.

You can find Mike Jerram, our painter, featured in the calendar for March and April. Following an apprenticeship in plumbing, Mike supplemented his skills in the construction industry, learning plastering, painting, bricklaying and stonework. He was a natural fit for Harvey's. 

Bradford's brief for the Carpenters in building the brewery in 1881:

"All woodwork has to be stopped, rubbed down and prepared; twice in oil previous to fixing and two coats after". 

The expression "like painting the Forth Bridge" could well be applied to Harvey's. Scarcely have we finished redecorating the brewery before it is time to start again and this routinely occurs in tandem with brewing. 

Our Photographers

Sarah Weal and Catherine Benson are two Lewes-based photographers. Together and individually they have worked for clients including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Reuters and The Guardian.

Over the past decade they have developed  their own photographic practices whilst often collaborating on projects. They relish any opportuntiy to work as a team, bringing their editorial eye to the commercial worlds; two angles, two lenses and two approaches.

Sarah Weal:

Catherine Benson:

>>> Find out more from our January and February feature

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