Old Rectifying House in Worcester. Who could resist an intriguing building and name, despite the fact this is the farthest away I could get for a front-on photograph.
Whoever in past times was being rectified it sounded like an unusual punishment, but no souls were being rectified only spirits. Part of the rear of this building was used in the to rectify spirits from the main distillery across the other side of the river, which in the 18th Century was one of the most important distilleries in the Midlands. Williams' Gin was supposed to be unsurpassed in 18th Century England.
The inn was always in floods way and every year the beer casks had to be rescued and placed above flood level. Provisions had to be supplied by boat and taken in by way of the upper windows. The balcony must have been very useful. The River Severn is tidal as far as Worcester but in the 19th Century the river was dredged and locks and a weir constructed to manage the tide.
These measures did stop the Old Rectifying House from its annual flooding although after the 2007 deluge, which was in the wettest June every recorded (some areas having a months rain in 24 hours) Worcestershire was especially hit and this meant that the building flooded once more. Its a rather dull photograph of the weir although it was quite exciting in real life (I must get out more).
Almost as dull as a picture of a old tyre on a beach
which would probably look better on an old car like this.
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