The Local: A History of the English Pub (Paperback)

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The Local: A History of the English Pub (Paperback)


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The pub has been at the heart of English life for centuries, evolving from elegant coaching houses and humble alehouses through Victorian backstreet beerhouses and ‘fine, flaring’ gin palaces to the drinking establishments of the twenty-first century.

In this new and revised edition, historian Paul Jennings takes us on a fascinating journey over three centuries of pub life. Set within the wider context of social change, Jennings delves into the lives of the customers who frequented them, as well as those of the men and women who ran them, and takes a closer look at their architecture and interior design. The Local has been brought up to date to record both the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on English pubs and what it tells us about pubs’ continuing importance to English people.

Paul Jennings teaches history at the University of Bradford and has been writing, lecturing and broadcasting on the subjects of the pub and drink for over twenty years.
Product Details ISBN: 9780750996631
ISBN-10: 0750996633
Publisher: The History Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English
"A fascinating history. . . . This very readable account is the result of twenty years of diligent research and benefits from the sense of quiet humour of the author. . . .  It is a little gem." --Historical Association