First Victorian pub in England gains Grade I listing

Somerset and Staffordshire

Rose and Crown, Huish Episcopi, Somerset

Grade II listed Rose and Crown is one of two pubs in Somerset to have their listings updated. Dating from around 1800, it is another pub without a bar counter, and instead has a walk-in servery area, with shelves and hand pumps. Refitted during the interwar period, the pub retains features from that time as well as its original flagstone tiles, timber joinery and the fireplace. At the rear of the pub is a 19th century skittle alley.

Rose and Crown interior

Tucker’s Grave Inn, Radstock, Somerset

Tucker’s Grave

Fellow Grade II listed pub Tucker’s Grave Inn is believed to be named after the burial site of local farmworker Edward Tucker. Tucker took his own life in 1747, and as was the practice at the time, was buried at a crossroads nearby rather than the churchyard. Originally an 18th century cottage, Tucker’s Grave, like others on this list, was converted into a pub and licensed by the early 1800s. It is the fourth pub in the list to have no bar counter. Instead casks of beer and cider are stacked below the window of the central public bar. The pub also retains its hand-painted signage to the taproom. Thought to date from the 19th century, Historic England notes it could be among the earliest known to survive in England.

The Red Lion, Rugeley Staffordshire

The Red Lion

The Red Lion is a Grade II listed 19th century pub which started out life as a house in the early 1600s. Built in the centre of Rugeley, it is one of the market town’s last surviving 17th century buildings. It retains many of its original features as well as elements from different stages of its development. An unusual element is a salt safe, as well as panelling and fireplaces from the inter-war period.

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