Historic Pub Interiors - Britain's Real Heritage Pubs
Historic Pub Interiors - An Overview
One of their great joys of Britain's pubs is their sheer variety, ranging from simple rural pubs to late-Victorian extravaganzas. CAMRA's Pub Heritage Group is committed to protecting and promoting our historic pub interiors. The Group maintains the National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors, a list of those interiors that have remained intact for a long time and/or have features of exceptional historic or architectural importance. The Group also publishes Real Heritage Pub Guides.
Sadly few pub interiors are the same now, or nearly so, as when they were built, and many that have so far survived are pub interiors at risk from being lost. There are many challenges associated with preserving our heritage pubs, but getting pubs statutorily "listed" gives them significant protection from insensitive development, and we seek to work with local authority planners and planning authorities, offering advice and suggestions. We also need help from anyone interested in historic pub interiors to identify more Real Heritage Pubs, and use them so they continue to be viable as pubs.
Here is a more detailed overview of Historic Pub Interiors.
Britain's Real Heritage Pubs - Online Pub Guide
Additions to the National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors
Greater London, ANGEL, 697 Uxbridge Road, Hayes, UB48HX. Rebuilt in 1926, extended in 1937, this is sometimes described as the pub that Fullers forgot! It retains its pre-war plan apart from an extension of the right-hand luncheon room in the 1960s. Open all day: a range of Fullers beers.
Northern Ireland, SMITHFIELD HOUSE, 15 Smithfield Square, Lisburn, BT28 1TH.The front room is a virtually intact remodelling from 1954 with original woodwork, screens, terrazzo floor and very attractive it is.
Worcestershire, PAUL PRY, 6 The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PA.A multi-room pub of 1901 with largely intact contemporary fittings and an especially notable tiled hallway.
Gloucestershire, FIVE MILE HOUSE, Duntisbourne Abbots, GL7 7JR. This wonderful (hard-to-find) wayside pub is expected to reopen early next year under new tenants. See the entry on the Heritage Pubs website
Are any of your local pubs listed?: Whether a pub has an important historic interior or not, the fact that a pub is listed can be very significant in any campaign to keep a pub open.
The local authorities judgement on a planning application for change of use, for example from a licensed premise to residential, will take close account of how the adaptation of the building into a dwelling might impact on the features of the building that the listing description seeks to protect.
Mick Slaughter has written a guide to all the online resources that can be used to find out if a specific pub is listed, and what is in the listing description, and particular if any interior details are referenced. In the same article, Mick explains how to find out who owns a pub. See Is a pub listed? in the menu.