Historic English pub interiors recognised by Government

This summer, the interiors of 11 pubs across England have been recognised by the Government for being either historic or unusual.

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On the advice of the public body Historic England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has listed, upgraded or relisted the 11 pubs with the National Trust.

Heritage Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “Our historic pubs are national institutions that have sat at the heart of local communities for generations, bringing people together and shining a light on our shared past.

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Whitelock’s Ale House, Leeds
Image Credit: BBC/Alan Bull

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The Prince Alfred, Maida Vale, London
Image Credit: BBC/Chris Redgrave

“These listings recognise and celebrate the importance of the local pub to people across the country and will make sure their legacy endures for many years to come.”

The pubs stretch from Leeds to Devon, with the others found in London, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Suffolk and Lancashire. Their interiors help “tell the fascinating story of pubs over the centuries and how they reflected society,” says Historic England.

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The Queen at the Bridge Inn in Devon.
Image Credit: internal

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Kings Head (Low House), Laxfield, Suffolk Image Credit: BBC/Stella Fitzgerald

The Bridge Inn, in Topsham, Devon, has been run by the same family since 1897 and its interior has been largely preserved. The same panelled corridor, rare historic glazed advertising, stone fireplace and hatch through which drinks are fetched are all still in place.

The Kings Head (Low House) in Laxfield, Suffolk has been relisted at Grade II and dates back to the 16th century.

Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Pub Heritage Group nominated the eleven pubs in collaboration with Historic England.

The full list of pubs:

  • Whitelock’s Ale House in Leeds (upgraded from Grade II to Grade II*)
  • The Prince Alfred in Maida Vale, London (upgraded to Grade II*)
  • Blythe Hill Tavern in Catford, London (newly listed at Grade II)
  • Red Lion in Westminster, London (relisted at Grade II)
  • Admiral Vernon in Dagenham, London (newly listed at Grade II)
  • Harrow Inn near Petersfield, Hampshire (relisted at Grade II)
  • North Star near Steventon, Oxfordshire (relisted at Grade II)
  • Kings Head (Low House) in Laxfield, Suffolk (relisted at Grade II)
  • The Victoria in Great Harwood, Lancashire (relisted at Grade II)
  • Black Horse in Preston, Lancashire (relisted at Grade II)
  • The Bridge Inn in Topsham, Devon (relisted at Grade II)

Historic England said Grade II buildings are of “special interest”, with Grade II* being “particularly important buildings of more than special interest”.

Header Image: The Black Horse, Preston. Credit: BBC/Alan Bull

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