NB: only the most relevant general sites are listed below. More specific resources appear under individual seminar sessions
- 'Drinking Matters - Warwick Podcasts': a series of talks exploring aspects of Beat Kümin, Drinking Matters: Public Houses and Social Exchange in Early Modern Central Europe (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007).
- 'The Hairy Bikers' Pubs that Built Britain': BBC2 series unearthing 'hundreds of years of fascinating history hidden in Britain's boozers'.
- 'Pub Dig': Rory McGrath and archaeologist Paul Blinkhorn 'root around under the country’s greatest alehouses to reveal the big stories from British history' (where the module tutor made a fleeting appearance in the Banbury episode).
Bloomsbury Food Library, offering cross-searchable access to a wide and interdisciplinary range of encyclopedias, references works, e-books, images, and more. Global coverage including Ken Albala’s Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia and the Cambridge World History of Food. Several major reference works including Bloomsbury’s 6-volume Cultural History of Food and key chapters from Food History: Critical and Primary Sources.
- encyclopaedias like Dewald, ed., Early Modern World, 2004, in Gale Databases
- e-text collections like Gutenberg e-books project, History e-books, NetLibrary
- e-documents collections like Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads; Defining Gender 1450-1910; Early English Books Online, Early European Books, Eighteenth Century Collections Online; English Broadside Ballad Archive, The Grand Tour, Medieval Sources Online
E-journals accessible through Warwick UL (includes JStor, Cambridge Journals online etc)
'Coaching inns', section of British Heritage website dedicated to hostelries along the old North road.
'Coaching routes' in the early 18thC: 'An exact and compleat List of the Flying Coaches, Stage Coaches, Waggons, and Carriers, with the Inns they come to, and Days of the Week they go out of London; collated this present Year 1721', from: W. Stow, Remarks on London (1722)
'Coffee Houses', part of the 'Waes Hael Poetry & Tobacco Club'
'A Feast for the Eye', collection of medieval and Renaissance images compiled by James L. Matterer
'Good Pub Guide for the 1500s': Telegraph article about a 'popular' public house publication
'Historic Pub Interiors', pub heritage inventory managed by the Campaign for Real Ale.
'Images of England', English Heritage picture database (search for 'inn' etc)
'John's Pub Pictures': featuring public houses from all over England (Pics by John Law)
'London Corresponding Society Meeting Places': a list and documentation of public houses associated with this radical group in the 1790s compiled by Ian D. Newman at UCLA
'London Pubs': locations, histories and images of public houses past and present (as part of the 'Layers of London' project)
National Brewery Centre Archive (online access to historical collections such as ledgers, books, plans, photographs and film from the breweries around the UK from the late 18thC, including information on the development of public houses & photographs of public houses) and National Brewing Library (for books / journals and objects that include paintings, ceramics, glass, bottles, cans, beer mats and Inn-signs located at Oxford Brookes)
'Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1834', a database of court records compiled by Tim Hitchcock and Robert Shoemaker
'Pub Histories': a bibliographical guide (check section on 'pub histories')
'Pub History', links listed by historian-writer Simon Fowler on behalf of the Family and Community Historical Research Society.
'Pub History Project - Leicester': a collaboration between Barry Lount & Stephen Bunker aiming to document Leicester establishments from the medieval beginnings to the present and to embed these into wider research developments
'Pub History Society', founded to encourage and co-ordinate research on public houses.
'Pub in Literature' website compiled by Steven Earnshaw (Sheffield Hallam University), also with information on signs.
'Researching Historic Buildings in the British Isles': by Jean Manco; see esp. links to 'building types', esp. 'cafés' and 'pubs, inns and hotels'
Vernacular Architecture Group: searchable bibliography including works on inns
Viae Regiae: a public history project working with volunteers to trace England's industrial development, not least its evolving transport network. Apart from specifically local sources, researchers also examine Quarter Sessions records of highways and the licensing of inns, together with probate material covering the wills and inventories of individuals involved in manufacture, trade, and transport.
A Vision of Britain through Time - Travellers: online database of travel writing
Volumes of signs of taverns in England and Wales. 1628 - 1858: dataset comprising 14 digitised volumes (as PDFs) of tavern signs in England and Wales collected by Mr G. Creed; organised in alphabetical order, with printed and manuscript descriptions (access provided by British Library)
'Tavern Culture of the Early Modern Atlantic World': student-generated website with information on current debates and digital primary sources
Old sign of the Saracen's Head at Kings Norton (Birmingham, featured on the BBC's Restoration programme)
Countless 'ancient' public houses now have their own websites, often with information on their history. Examples include:
Banbury (Oxfordshire): Reindeer
Berkswell (Warwickshire): Bear
Birmingham (City of): Lost Pubs, compiled by Birmingham Library; Bromford/Erdington: Lad in the Lane, a house dating to 1400 and a pub since the 1780s; Deritend (Birmingham): Crown; Kings Norton (Birmingham): Saracen's Head
Broadway (Worcestershire): Lygon Arms, documented as the White Hart in 1532
Cotswold: guided Pub Tours around the North Cotswolds, Stroud Valleys and Bath area
Coventry: Golden Cross, built in the 1580s
Gloucester: New Inn, with surving galleried courtyard
Grantham (Lincolnshire): Angel & Royal, a classic 'block-/gatehouse'-type inn (reputedly) from the 13thC
London (Southwark): George Inn, the best-preseverd early modern inn in the capital (National Trust)
London (Fleet St): Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, provides the best impression of an early modern tavern
London (Central): 'Best Historical Pubs' (incl. the 'Seven Stars' in Carey St), as selected by the Daily Telegraph
Ludlow (Shropshire): Feathers Hotel, claiming to be the world's 'most handsome inn'
Stow-in-the-Wold (Cotswolds): The Porch House, reputedly in a house dating from 947 AD
Thame (Oxfordshire): Historic inns
Warwick: Warwick Arms
Austria: Golden Eagle, Innsbruck/Tyrol - accommodated hosts of early modern celebrities
Europe: The Grand Tour, documents and artworks associated with the history of travel c. 1550-1850
Europe: Hidden Cities, collaborative research project on the 5 case studies of Exeter, Deventer, Hamburg, Valencia and Trento (some of which with public house information & even phone apps guiding you around old taverns, e.g. one led by Ursula - an innkeeper at Trento in 1520)
France: La Tour d'Argent, Paris - claiming to be 'the most celebrated restaurant' in the world
Germany: Baden - historic public houses in south-western Germany
Germany: Barbarossa, Constance - documented from 1419
Germany: Zum roten Bären, Freiburg im Breisgau - one of several claiming to be the 'oldest' inn in Germany
Germany: Röhrl, Eilsberg/Upper Palatinate - documented from 1658 and operated by the Röhrl family since
Germany: Hotel zur Post, Fürstenfeldbruck/Bavaria - a former postal inn operated by the Weiss family since the 1620s
Germany: Riesen, Miltenberg/Franconia - another claiming to be the oldest inn in Germany
Germany: Hofbräuhaus Munich/Bavaria, on the site of the ducal wheat beer brewery founded in 1607
Ireland: Brazen Head, Dublin - claiming descent from a tavern dating back to 1198 (first license record 1653)
Italy: Elephant, Brixen/Bressanone (South Tyrol) - a sixteenth-century inn with its own history written by Hans Heiss (2003)
Italy: Al Brindisi, Ferrara - claiming to be the oldest 'osteria' in the world
Switzerland: Bären, Münsingen/Bern - 14th-century inn in 16thC premises
Switzerland: Bären, Reichenbach/Bern - 16thC Alpine inn
Switzerland: Hotel Interlaken, Interlaken/Bern - originally a monastic inn founded in the thirteenth century
GoCotswold's offer of a Cotswold pub tours
Historical beer tasting at 'the world's oldest brewery', the Weihenstephan Brauerei, Freising (Bavaria)
Pub crawl routes for Birmingham and other British cities
Pre-modern fantasy: the 'Blackmoor Inn' in the world of two 'Skyrim' gamers (runs from 25:10-27:15 in the video)
Drinking Studies Network: an interdisciplinary and international research group that connects scholars working on drink and drinking culture across different societies and time periods.
Institut Européen d'Histoire et des Cultures de l'Alimentation (IEHCA): European Institute for the History and Cultures of Food (in Tours/France), which organizes annual conventions, thematic colloquies and a summer university in food & drink studies
Intoxicants and Early Modernity 1580-1740, esp. their Database of Alcohol, Nicotine, Caffeine, and Opium in England, 1580-1740
Taverns, Locals and Street Corners (AHRC research project)
Viabundus: a freely accessible online street map of late medieval and early modern northern Europe (1350-1650)