The Stag or Mortlake Brewery originated from the 15th century and metamorphosed into Watney’s in the late 1800s. This name still raises the hackles of the dedicated real ale drinker, though it could be argued that the much castigated Red Barrel was a major factor behind the founding of CAMRA in 1972.
Cask ale is enjoying a boom with hundreds of small breweries now plying their craft.
When Watney’s Stag Brewery in Victoria was demolished in 1959, the name was officially applied to the Mortlake Brewery.
Watney’s became part of the huge brewing conglomerate Anheuser Busch (producing Budweiser on the site). The latest merger with Belgium-based InBev led to the closure of the brewery in December 2015.
With the site earmarked for flats, this is a sad end to centuries of brewing tradition in Mortlake.
Old wooden floors - tips on what to look out for before refinishing
Old wooden flooring, such as oak, beech, maple and birch not only looks beautiful in any home, it is highly practical. If you have recently moved into a new home that has old wooden floors, then don't be disheartened, as old wooden floors can be made to look like new again. The way in which we sand and treat this type of wood flooring is incredibly important.
What to look out for
It is important to note any signs of weakness or damage to the flooring before
you decide to sand and varnish the floor. Firstly, look for signs of the floor
having been previously sanded. These will include marks where nails have
been previously placed into the wood. Other signs may be the appearance
of very fine cracks, as the wood has been weakened over time.If the floor is
not well supported and has a lot of foot traffic, then these fine lines will be
more prominent and will show a weakness within the fabric of the wood.
This section of wood will need to be replaced.
Sanding old wooden floors
Old wooden flooring such as oak and maple does need a lot of prep work before the sanding process can take place. Thoroughly vacuum and clean the floor of all dust and debris. Hiring a dust free sander is a good idea. When sanding wood floors it is a good idea to work against the grain, not with the grain. The reason for this is that it will prevent big grooves appearing in the wood. When sanding old wood, it is a good idea to hire floor sanders or even to use floor sanding contractors. If you wish to varnish your wooden floor after sanding, then a floor sanding and polishing service is recommended.
The beauty of old wooden flooring
It is well worth persevering with old wooden floors. They are what most home owners would love to install, but simply cannot afford to do so. Just make sure to get them professionally sanded and if some boards are damaged, repair them before starting the sanding process.