The Urban and Suburban Public House in Inter-War England, 1918-1939

BookThe Urban and Suburban Public House in Inter-War England, 1918-1939

The Urban and Suburban Public House in Inter-War England, 1918-1939

Research Reports


December 15th, 2015





This publication aims to increase levels of understanding, raise awareness, and heighten levels of protection afforded to inter-war pubs. The project reflects the high level of threat now faced by England’s pubs, and the high rates of closure, alteration and demolition. The report outlines the background and methodology of the project, and sets out a summary of the historical development of pubs in the inter-war period; for instance, notable architects, architectural styles employed, active breweries, and the ideals of pub improvement. Buildings considered include ‘improved’ or ‘reformed’ pubs – which usually featured rooms for entertainment, dining and non-alcoholic refreshment – as well as pubs built on more traditional lines. The second part of the report contains detailed summaries of 37 pubs which were selected for detailed investigation, and which have been considered worthy of consideration for statutory designation. The third part comprises the appendices – six separate tables of pubs considered at various stages of the project.

Author Information

Emily Cole is a historian and Senior Architectural Investigator with Historic England.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
1. Introduction and Backgound 2. Methodology, scope and historiography 3. General History and Development 4. The Aims and Definition of the Improved Public House 5. The Style, Plan and Interior of the Inter-War Public House 6. The Setting of the Inter-War Public House 7. Prominent Architects and Breweries, and Geographical Trends 8. The Legacy and Influence of the Inter-War Public House 9. The Survival of and Threat to the Inter-War Public House 10. Listed Inter-War Pubs 11. Conclusion 12. Summaries of 37 Inter-War Pubs on the final list Appendices 1-6