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Historic England on hunt for best post-war pubs

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Post-war pubs are one of the country’s most ‘severely threatened building type’, according to Historic England

The heritage body has asked architects and the public to submit details of the nation’s pubs - particularly those built or rebuilt between 1945 and 1985 - as part of a new thematic review.

The research project, which could last up to two years, could then recommend additions to the 11 post-war pubs which already have listed status. It is the latest in a series of recent studies by the heritage body looking at specific building types and follows on from a review of late 20th century libraries (AJ 31.07.15) and office blocks (AJ 28.01.15).

A statement from Historic England said: ‘Currently, post-war pubs are a severely threatened building type, with many being converted to other uses or demolished altogether.

‘Through this project we are aiming to help people understand and appreciate these buildings, and hopefully to help protect them.’

The buildings nominated need not be still used as a pub and could have been closed, altered or even demolished.

‘Your suggestions will help us to ensure our knowledge of post-war pubs across England is as complete and up-to-date as possible,’ Historic England said.

Currently just two post-war public houses are listed in their own right.

The former Lord High Admiral in Pimlico, London, was built between 1964 and 1967 to designs by architects John Darbourne and Geoffrey Darke. It is now in use as an Argentinian restaurant.

The second, Jack Straw’s Public House in Hampstead, London, was built during 1962 and 1964 to designs by Raymond Erith. It replaced an 18th century pub destroyed during the Blitz.

Another six post-war pubs are currently listed as part of wider development schemes:

  • The Shakespeare - part of the Barbican Estate in London, by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon
  • The Pimlico Tram, Westminster, London, by John Darbourne and Geoffrey Darke
  • The former Crowders Well – part of the Barbican estate in London by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon
  • The Earl George, The Link, The Scottish Queen and The Parkway at the Park Hill estate, Sheffield, by Sheffield Corporation City Architect’s Department under J L Womersley
  • The Pride of Pimlico in Westminster by John Darbourne
  • The Cock Tavern at Smithfield Poultry Market, London by TP Bennett and Son 

Contact Jo Bradley on jo.bradley@HistoricEngland.org.uk with your suggestions

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Readers' comments (3)

  • David Nossiter

    A good starting place would be Pubs that were built as community hubs on larger housing estates.

    Not seen as quaint or traditional hence desirable, as the host developments are regenerated this kind of public house is rapidly disappearing.

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  • Watch it doesn't get flattened by a spiv property company while the landlady's out.

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  • J Burden

    The King Offa in St Albans, not a spritzer in sight. ( I think they still hold meat raffles.).

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