DAVID ARNOLD - Shocking accident at Uckfield Brewery

Sinden’s Brewery in Uckfield was the scene of tragedy in February 1875.

The circumstances were recorded in a diary kept by 16-year-old John Grant of East Hoathly: “A shocking accident occurred at Mr Sinden’s brewery. A man named George Reed was ascending a ladder over a copper containing about four feet of boiling beer when accidentally the ladder slipped and he was thrown into the copper and scalded so that his skin and clothes came off together. He was conveyed to his home at Maresfield, where he expired about 9pm after several hours suffering, aged about 50.”