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.

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