The Old Brewery - Instilling A New Lease Of Life

When you drive down the hill into the village of Horndean from Havant, the first thing that catches your eye is the distinctive red brick Gale’s Brewery Tower, with its black roof and the gold legend “Gale and Co”.

Behind this famous facade – a symbol of the village for more than 150 years - work has now begun to give this historic landmark, and the four and half acre Gale and Co site, a new lease of life.

Linden Homes has begun the very first stages of developing The Old Brewery and when it is complete, it will offer a selection of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and 2, 3 and 4 bedroom new homes.

The brewery has been part of Horndean’s history since the 1880s when the Gale and Co brewery was formally established by George Gale: It initially thrived, survived two world wars, and in the late 1950s really began to flourish following the creation of HSB – Horndean Special Bitter.

In 2005, the award winning Gale and Co was bought by Fuller’s, Smith and Turner, bringing Gale’s long history with Horndean to an end. (The famous Gale beers are still brewed at Fuller’s brewery in Chiswick.)

Because Gale’s was, literally, at the centre of life in Horndean, The Old Brewery will have the distinct advantage of being at the heart of one of Hampshire’s most thriving village communities.

Horndean itself is a busy and thriving Hampshire village and, like the Linden Homes’ development, it is a mixture of old and new. The village has a library, a post office, a chemist, grocery store, bakery and two pubs.

It is extremely conveniently located too – it’s possible to catch a train from nearby Rowland’s Castle, two miles away, straight into London Waterloo. The village is close to the A3 and the M27 – so it’s within easy reach of Portsmouth, Southampton, Guildford, Petersfield and London.

Linden Homes Southern’s managing director, Matt Paine, says The Old Brewery is a very interesting and exciting development:

“We are very aware of the rich history of the Gale and Co brewery and the very strong links it has with the people of Horndean: These buildings have been lying empty for several years and it is a good feeling to know that it’s possible for us to play our part in giving the heart of this lovely village a new lease of life. It’s going to take a lot of very careful and hard work, but we hope we can hand over the keys to our first Old Brewery resident in Spring 2013.”

For more information on The Old Brewery at Horndean, please call Linden Homes’ Southern on 0845 603 6350.

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For further information, contact Claire McCowan or Tracy Mannion at Remarkable Public Relations on 01962 893 893 or Claire.McCowan@remarkablegroup.co.uk

14 September 2012

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