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Liverpool Philharmonic pub awarded Grade I listing

07 February 2020 by
Liverpool Philharmonic pub awarded Grade I listing

An opulent 19th-century pub in Liverpool has become the first purpose-built Victorian inn to be granted a Grade I listing.

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms has been upgraded to Grade I by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England.

Designed by Liverpudlian architect Walter W Thomas, the pub joins the top 2.5% of protected historic buildings in England, which includes Buckingham Palace. The exterior features elaborate carvings, art nouveau elements and stone sculptures of musicians and musical instruments in low relief.

Photo credit Alan Bull
Photo credit Alan Bull
A total of 11 pubs have received new listings as part of a project to protect rare historic interiors. They include:

  • The Vines, Liverpool – Grade II*
  • Peter Kavanagh's, Liverpool – Grade II
  • Blue Ship, Billingshurt, West Sussex – Grade II
  • Hand and Shears, Smithfield, London – Grade II
  • Coach and Horses, Soho, London – Grade II
  • Haunch of Venison, Sailsbury, Wiltshire – Grade II*
  • Square and Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset – Grade II
  • Rose and Crown, Huish Episcopi, Somerset – Grade II
  • Tucker's Grave Inn, Radstock, Somerset – Grade II
  • The Red Lion, Rugeley, Staffordshire – Grade II

Photo credit: Alan Bull

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