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Historic pub is awarded Grade II * listed status.

Byline: Andy Richardson Staff Reporter

AN historic Birmingham pub once dubbed "one of the most sumptuous inns in England" has been listed for greater protection. The Black Horse, in Bristol Road, Northfield, has been given special Grade II* listed status by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It follows a drive by Historic England to protect the nation's most breathtaking boozers.

Across the UK no fewer than 21 pubs built between 1918 and 1939 are now to be protected.

Birmingham CAMRA branch chairman Phil Barker welcomed the news, saying the pub was a vital part of the community.

"We welcome the award of the Grade II* status," said Phil. "CAMRA is a keen supporter of community pubs and The Black Horse is a fine example.

"It also has an entry in the 2015 Good Beer Guide."

Famous Architect Basil Oliver dubbed the Black Horse, built in 1929, "one of the most sumptuous inns in the district, if not England."

The pub has a mock Tudor frontage following a PS2.5 million refurbishment project several years ago.

Paul Merry, manager of the Wetherspoons-owned pub, said: "This is great news, not only for the pub but also for the local community.

"To have a pub of this historic importance safeguarded for the future is just brilliant."

Between 1918 and 1939 breweries rebuilt thousands of pubs, spurred on by the need to appeal beyond their usual male clientele and leave behind the image of drunkenness associated with Victorian and Edwardian pubs.

By creating bigger, better pubs with restaurants, gardens and community meeting spaces, breweries aimed to attract more respectable customers, to appeal to families and particularly women.

Heritage Minister Tracey Crouch added: "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."

At least 5,000 pubs were built during the inter-war years but they are an overlooked and threatened building type, with few surviving today.


Manager Paul Merry toasts The Black Horse pub and its new Grade II* listed status

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Date:Aug 28, 2015
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