A time capsule buried in the grounds of a former brewery sparked a project to preserve its history, which has seen its new owners recognised with a Heritage Award for their hard work.
Bowes House in Hailsham formerly housed Lynn’s Brewery in 1880. A time capsule discovered in 1964 revealed the brewery had been renamed ‘Bowes House’ by Apaseal, an automotive products factory which took over when the brewery closed down.
Care UK acquired the building and turned it into a care home in July this year. To preserve its history it kept the name Bowes House, preserved the brewery’s tower, and named the in-house coffee shop Lynn’s after the brewery. The home also has a display showing the contents of the time capsule and pictures from the town’s past.
The home was given the Heritage Award because of the way the new state-of-the-art home incorporated the old brewery and celebrated the town’s history.
To recognise the work the home was awarded the Hailsham Heritage Award by the Hailsham in Bloom committee.
During a presentation event on Wednesday October 2 Hailsham in Bloom Chairman Richard Grocock said the team had done a ‘fantastic job’ preserving the old building.
Bowes House business administrator Nikki White, who was accompanied by customer relations manager Anne Morris, said it was an honour to accept the award.
The home also involved the community in its transition into a care home. Children from nearby schools named the four suites within the building as Weald, Meadow, Barley and Aylsham and Hailsham’s celebrities are remembered too. An activities kitchen, decorated retro-style, pays tribute to Fanny Cradock (restaurant critic and cook) while one of the lounges is furnished in rich colours inspired by Cardinal Wolsey.
A spokesman for the home added: “Anyone passing Care UK’s Bowes House in Battle Road might easily spot that an iconic building is at the heart of the state-of-the-art development.
“But unless they go inside – and visitors are always welcome - they wouldn’t see the extent of the work that has gone into celebrating the town’s history.”
There are 90 beds at Bowes House for older people seeking personalised nursing, residential, and respite care and an experienced team provides specialist support for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.