The pub picture collection ranges from the mighty pub to the village local!

The Trust has been undertaking a project on the images from an “irreplaceable” archive of photographs of some of the country’s most striking public houses that was nearly lost to posterity forever.

The images, depicting thousands of pubs once run by the once-mighty London-based Charrington Brewery, were rescued from a skip by National Brewery Heritage Trustee Robert Humphreys, where they had been dumped as the company moved offices a quarter of a century ago.

The project involved research into exactly where the pubs were based and what has become of them over the years. The research is almost at an end and the Trust intends to publish details of the analysis of what happened to the pubs in the near future.


 When talking about the research, Trustee, Terry Critchley said that the project had taken over three months to provide postcodes for all pubs and for details of what became of them to be revealed.

 The project, which was aimed at provision of information for the forthcoming online archive for the National Brewing Centre has involved the use of information already in the public domain and the web sites provided by the Brewery History Society (lost pubs project) and CAMRA (WhatPub?) have proved particularly useful as has the information provided by certain CAMRA branch committees and the network of ex Charrington employees.

 Terry went on to indicated that there was some more work yet to be completed on analysis of the fate of the pubs and in reviewing over 7000 images to select the best ones for each pub as a potential commercial opportunity for the Trust via their eventual offering for sale on this web site.

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