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The Local: A History of the English Pub (Paul Jennings)

The Local: A History of the English Pub (Paul Jennings)


The complete history of the public house, from eighteenth-century coaching inns to twenty-first century wine bars


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.