Heritage Pub Quiz: Celebrating Great Inter-War Pubs

A handful of England’s best inter-war pubs, built between 1918 and 1939, have just been listed following Historic England’s research.

They were rebuilt during the “improved” pub movement when breweries tried to appeal to more respectable customers, including families and women. The aim was to leave behind the image of drunkenness associated with the opulent Victorian gin palaces and pubs.

These pubs are important social spaces which have stood at the hearts of communities for decades. Listing offers them protection but also acknowledges that they are an essential part of our common identity and help to tell our country’s story. Learn more about inter-war pubs.

To celebrate these much loved locals, why not join in with our heritage pub quiz? Settle into teams if you like, grab yourselves a pint if that helps and test your knowledge of England’s great inter-war pubs! (Answers below)

  1. What is an “early pub”?

The Royal Oak, built 1923, now grade II listed © Historic England/Derek Kendall Ref: DP170216
The Royal Oak, built 1923, now grade II listed © Historic England/Derek Kendall Ref: DP170216

 

2. Which of these pubs has a ceiling made of vitrolite?

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3. What was the “off-sales” section of an inter-war pub for?

The Biggin Hall Hotel, Coventry, built 1923, now listed at Grade II © Historic England
The Biggin Hall Hotel, Coventry, built 1923, now listed at Grade II © Historic England

 

4. Why do so many inter-war pubs have gardens?

Historic image of the gardens at Brookhill Tavern, Birmingham. Built in 1927 it has been listed at Grade II. Image from Fifty Years of Brewing Book.
Historic image of the gardens at Brookhill Tavern, Birmingham. Built in 1927 it has been listed at Grade II. Image from Fifty Years of Brewing Book.

 

5. What is a “roadhouse” pub?

The Berkeley Hotel, Scunthorpe, built in 1940. It has been listed at Grade II. © Historic England
The Berkeley Hotel, Scunthorpe, built in 1940. It has been listed at Grade II. © Historic England

 

6. Which West Midlands brewery, who built the newly Grade II* listed Black Horse, ran a successful home delivery service called “Beer at Home”?

The Black Horse, Birmingham, built in 1929. It has been upgraded from Grade II to Grade II* © Historic England Ref: DP166415
The Black Horse, Birmingham, built in 1929. It has been upgraded from Grade II to Grade II* © Historic England Ref: DP166415

 

7. Why did inter-war pubs have long bars which ran through several different rooms of the pub?

The White Hart, Grays, Essex, built in 1938. It has been listed at Grade II. © Historic England Ref: DP173784
The White Hart, Grays, Essex, built in 1938. It has been listed at Grade II. © Historic England Ref: DP173784

 

8. Which newly-listed inter-war pub was named after a campaign tirelessly fought by local resident William Willett?

The Daylight Inn, Bromley, built in 1935. It has been listed at Grade II © Historic England
Newly listed at Grade II © Historic England

 

9. The Gatehouse in Norwich was built in 1934 and has just been listed at Grade II, partly because of the beautiful details that survive despite the devastating bomb damage Norwich suffered during World War II. These stained glass panels survive and were said to be inspired by what famous historical artefact, made after the Battle of Hastings?

A stained glass window in The Gatehouse, Norwich, built in 1934, now listed at Grade II © Historic England/ Pat Payne Ref: DP172341
A stained glass window in The Gatehouse, Norwich, built in 1934, now listed at Grade II © Historic England/ Pat Payne Ref: DP172341

 

10. Which newly-listed pub in Spitalfields was the chosen watering hole of artists during the 1980s and 90s, including Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas?

Newly listed at Grade II © Historic England Ref: DP152267
Newly listed at Grade II © Historic England Ref: DP152267

How did you do? Click to find out the answers.

 

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2 responses to Heritage Pub Quiz: Celebrating Great Inter-War Pubs

  1. Andrew Chapman says:

    It says “answers below” and there are none! Where are the answers? I am curious now!!

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