Countering the ‘deadliest of foes’: public houses of the Central Control Board and the State Management Scheme, 1916-73

Author(s): Clare Howard

At the height of the war in 1916, the excessive consumption of alcohol amongst workers was considered to be having a debilitating effect on the war effort, forcing the Government to take control of public houses in selected areas of the country. In order to discourage insobriety and poor behaviour, which in turn led to high rates of absenteeism at the factories, these public houses were remodelled or reconstructed and became models of the new improved inns, influencing public house design across the country. This report, which forms part of wider national projects looking at 20th-century (post-1918) public houses, presents the results of an assessment covering a selection of public houses remodelled or reconstructed under the auspices of the Central Control Board for Liquor Traffic (CCB), later the State Management Scheme (SMS), between 1916 and 1971. It is intended that the report provide further information and raise awareness of the significance of this vulnerable building type, as well as some of the conservation issues facing pubs generally.

Report Number:
Research Report
Building Recording Standing Building Building Investigation First World War Post-War Second World War Assessment Inter-War Public House


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