Six Truman's inter-war pubs added to protected list

28 August 2015 by
Six Truman's inter-war pubs added to protected list

Historic England's inter-war pubs research has led to 21 new listings including six old London Truman's pubs.

The project, which assessed the level of threat to pubs across the country, has resulted in a number being recommended for protection through the designation system. The 21 entries are now listed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The listed Truman's pubs include the Royal Oak (built 1923), the Rose and Crown (built 1930-32), the Golden Heart (built 1936), the Stag's Head (built 1935-36), the Duke of Edinburgh (built 1936-37) and the Station (built 1934-35).

James Morgan, CEO of Truman's Brewery said: "We are delighted that Historic England has recognised the value of these amazing pubs.

"Truman's built palaces for the people, a home away from home, for all to enjoy. They are pinnacles of an era, which inspire us as a business to this day, and will now never be forgotten thanks to their hard work."

During the inter-war period (1918-1939) Truman's built more than 150 pubs across England, many designed by architect A E Sewell.

At least 5,000 pubs were built during the inter-war years, but they have become a threatened building type, with very few surviving today.

Among the new listings is the Royal Oak (pictured), an old Truman's pub on the doorstep of Columbia Road Flower market in Hoxton. It is known as the "early pub" as it serves market traders from 9am on Sundays. The pub was frequently used as the backdrop in the BBC TV series Goodnight Sweetheart and also featured in British gangster film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Heritage minister Tracey Crouch said: "These inter-war pubs are more than a slice of living history; they play an intrinsic role in English culture and our local communities. I'm delighted that these pubs and their fascinating history have been protected for generations to enjoy for years to come."

Truman's was founded in 1666 and the company was revived in 2010.

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