English Heritage launches investigation into "severely threatened" traditional English pub

By Culture24 Reporter | 26 June 2014

Disappearing pubs will be the focus for an English Heritage-backed project beginning in Leeds

A photo of the outside of a pub
Researchers will head to the pubs of Leeds for an English Heritage investigation© University of Leicester
If the demise of the traditional pub is a much-lamented proposition, the precise age of the buildings in question is rarely seen as a key aspect of the downfall of the boozer.

Casting a gaze over 19th and 20th century pubs in Leeds, and backed by funding from English Heritage for sites the group defines as “severely threatened”, a team from the University of Leicester is now looking to highlight important examples of endangered watering holes. Their aim is to assess the buildings, talk to owners and residents and enhance our appreciation of urban and suburban pubs.

"Across the country, the number of pubs has been falling steadily for over a century,” explains Emily Cole, of English Heritage.

“Those dating from 1918-85 are, in particular, increasingly threatened with closure or demolition.

“They are therefore a high priority for English Heritage and this project in Leeds is one of a number we are carrying out to increase our knowledge of the architectural style and development of these pubs and their historical and social significance, and to gauge the level of protection that already exists or that it is felt that they deserve."

The results, which will be outlined at a public workshop in Leeds this autumn, will form part of a National Heritage Protection Plan for historic towns and suburbs. A second study is planned for Bristol.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

You might also like:

Organisers to use 40 tonnes of sand to create "blast" of a beach at Oxford Castle

Lincoln Castle's £22 million restoration set to open to public on Magna Carta anniversary

Curator's Choice: Hadrian's stonework, the Wroxeter Roman Mirror and a polar bear
Latest comment: >Make a comment
More on the venues and organisations we've mentioned:
    Back to article
    Your comment:
    DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted at www.culture24.org.uk are the opinion of the comment writer, not Culture24. Culture24 reserves the right to withdraw or withhold from publication any comments that are deemed to be hearsay or potentially libellous, or make false or unsubstantiated allegations or are deemed to be spam or unrelated to the article at which they are posted.
    Related listings (301)
    See all related listings »
    Related resources (39)
    See all related resources »