Five quirky new Grade II-listed post-war pubs announced

Historic England has announced that five pubs, all built post-1945, have been Grade-II listed, including one with a bronze Roman centurion mounted to its exterior wall, another named after a blast furnace and a design inspired by a nursery rhyme.

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After conducting research into pub design in the post-war period, Historic England has announced that five pubs have been awarded Grade II listed status by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The public body believes that the post-1945 period is an important era of pub design and saw the establishments become, for the first time, “a full accepted social amenity”.

Immediately after the war, a raft of pubs were built – often as temporary constructions – before building restrictions were lifted in 1954.

From 1954 to the mid-1980s, Historic England found that a “huge quantity” of pubs were built in England, acting as community hubs. Faced with increasing competition from clubs, bars and discos, from the 1960s themed pubs rose to prominence.

Commenting on the announcement, Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England said: “Pubs were springing up in their thousands from the mid-1950s and became the hub of communities. From the Crumpled Horn to the Never Turn Back, these five fascinating post-war pubs are among the best surviving examples of a building type which is embedded in English culture”.

Scroll through to view the five officially recognised pubs, based in Surrey through to Scunthorpe.

One Response to “Five quirky new Grade II-listed post-war pubs announced”

  1. Charles Crawfurd says:

    The Queen Bess in Scunthorpe is just a boring faintly Georgian style nothing building. The others at least are quirky

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