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Licensed to Sell : The history and heritage of the public house

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This is a new edition of English Heritage's widely acclaimed study of that great British institution, the public house. First published in 2004, this was described as the best history of the pub available. Now updated and corrected, it offers a scholarly, yet accessible history of the origins of the pub and its development since medieval times.
Alcoholic beverages have long formed a part of British culture and over the centuries the authorities have made strenuous efforts to control the form and operation of public drinking establishments (with varying degrees of success!). The Golden Age of pub-building was at the end of the nineteenth century and many of the finest examples are illustrated here. It was brought about by a combination of forces which are all explored - the influence of the Temperance Movement, competition from rival forms of entertainment, and efforts on the part of magistrates and government to improve the pub stock.
The book contains a stunning photographic survey of our pub heritage and lists most of the finest and interesting surviving examples. This new edition also explains the changes that have affected pubs, their culture and appearance during the past seven years.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 192 x 240 x 14mm | 780.17g
  • Swindon, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 300 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1848020856
  • 9781848020856
  • 495,934

About Geoff Brandwood

The three contributors all have a longstanding interest in and love of the British pub. They are also all members of the Campaign for Real Ale's Pub Heritage Group. Geoff Brandwood is an architectural historian and a former Chairman of the Victorian Society. He has particular interests in the architecture and planning of historic pubs and co-authored London Heritage Pubs (CAMRA, 2008). He has also written widely about Victorian churches. Andrew Davison trained as an archaeologist and now is an Inspector of Ancient Monuments in the North West. He has a special interest in licensing and the regulation of the pub and has written on the buildings of Temperance. Michael Slaughter LRPS has been visiting the last remaining historic pub interiors since introduced to them in 1976. A professional photographer since 2002, specialising in pub interiors, he is editor of Scotland's True Heritage Pubs (CAMRA, 2007) and joint editor of Real Heritage Pubs of Wales (CAMRA, 2010).
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'if there is anything which can inspire us to fight for the survival of the pub this splendid book is it.' ... a book to dip and savour to understand the full richness of a great British institution. * Ancient Monuments Society Newsletter Autumn 2012 *
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Table of contents

About the authors
A Note on Terminology
The Vanishing Apostrophe
Locating the Pubs
1. The Emergence of the Public House
2. The Development of the Pub
3. Designing and Planning the Pub
4. Serving and Entertaining the Customers
5. Advertisement and Embellishment
6. Over the Border
7. Great Pub Myths
8. Into the 21st Century
Illustration Credits
Pub Index
Geographical Index
General Index
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