The Maltings, Saffron Walden

The Maltings, Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden, one of the oldest settled areas in Essex, derived its name from the saffron that began to be cultivated there in the fourteenth century. In the seventeenth century, barley replaced saffron as the main local source of income, and the malting industry flourished. Indeed, in the nineteenth century, the town's skyline was dominated by the maltings' conical roofs. By the time Robins arrived in Saffron Walden to paint the maltings, they were at the end of their useful lives: the last one closed shortly after the end of the war.