The Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Public House in Bristol

Author(s): Fiona Fisher, 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.

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