First Victorian pub in England gains Grade I listing

Historic England has upgraded the listings of 11 pubs in order to protect their historic interiors, including a Liverpool pub, which becomes the first purpose-built Victorian pub in England to be Grade I listed.

Liverpool’s Philharmonic Dining Rooms pub

A further two Grade II* and eight Grade II pubs have seen their listings updated to include more detailed information about their interiors. This includes four of the eight pubs in the UK that have no bar counter.

The list of pubs examined by Historic England was proposed by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) as part of an on-going collaboration between the two bodies to project the UK’s pubs.

Duncan Wilson, chief Executive of Historic England, commented: “English pubs are some of our best-loved community buildings and are often threatened with closure so we are delighted to see 11 historic pubs receiving further protection. We are proud that the Liverpool Philharmonic pub, a remarkable survival from the Victorian era, has been given a Grade I listing which will help maintain and preserve its outstanding interior fittings and exterior fabric for the future.

“The 11 pubs range from the opulent Philharmonic in Liverpool and the picturesque Rose and Crown in Somerset, to a London pub with links to Bartholomew Fair. All of them fully deserve the protection given by listing.”

Paul Ainsworth, chairman of CAMRA’s Pub Heritage Group, added: “So few of England’s 40,500 pubs retain interiors which have not suffered major alterations over the years. CAMRA has identified 280 pubs whose interiors it considers to be of national historic importance, and we feel it is vital for these precious survivors to be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

“The majority of these pubs are listed and the new detailed listing descriptions will enhance their protected status and give the public more information about the delights they contain.”

Scroll through to see each of the 11 listed pubs in more detail. 

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