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The Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Public House in Bristol

Front cover for The Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Public House in Bristol

Project: NHPP 4A1 6942

By Dr Fiona Fisher, Dr Rebecca Preston

This study was commissioned to help increase knowledge and appreciation of the urban and suburban public house in Bristol and highlight the current threat to the city's pubs. Nationally many pubs are closing with the threat of loss of historic buildings and interiors.

The authors used archive materials, field visits and informal interviews to compile the report.

The report looks at architectural development, building plan forms, external and internal features of the pubs and the legislative or planning policy and social history trends that shaped them. It is well illustrated with modern and archive photographs and building plans.

An appendix gives further information in gazetteer form on thirty-seven important surviving examples of Bristol's nineteenth-and twentieth-century pubs.

The report concludes that:

  • Bristol's suburban Inter-war pubs with their large footprints are particularly vulnerable to change.
  • Post-war pubs may be even more vulnerable with many having already been demolished.
  • There are also a number of examples of investment and renovation in Bristol's pubs.

The research was carried out by Dr Fiona Fisher and Dr Rebecca Preston in 2014. Where the report refers to the work of English Heritage, these functions are now carried out by Historic England.

It formed part of a set of connected research initiatives on the theme of pub heritage, commissioned under the National Heritage Protection Plan between 2013-15.


  • List of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Part One: 1800-1914
  • Part  Two: 1914-1939
  • Part Three: 1939-1985
  • Conclusions
  • Select Bibliography
  • Appendix

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 521


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