The book’s three authors are Geoff Brandwood, an architectural historian, Andrew Davison, an Inspector of Ancient Monuments, and Michael Slaughter, a photographer specialising in pub interiors.
The large book (almost A4 in size) features 200 pages crammed full of black and white and colour photographs, pub plans, old advertisements and drawings.
Split into 8 sections, the book starts by tracing the history of the public house to pre-Conquest ale houses and features 14th century illustrations of ale being sold. Subsequent chapters then discuss how the pub developed, how they were designed and how they were decorated.
An interesting chapter cover the many pub myths in particular the many pubs that claim to be the oldest in the UK. Despite citing the Guinness Book of Records many of the pubs are far from as old as they claim to be.
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