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E-resources

NB: only the most relevant general sites are listed below. More specific resources appear under individual seminar sessions

 

 

 

Pod- & Videocasts

 

  • '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).

 

Electronic library resources

 

E-books and e-documents accessible through Warwick University Library includes e.g.:

E-journals accessible through Warwick UL (includes JStor, Cambridge Journals online etc)

 

 

Starting-points for historical information on English public houses

 

'Coaching inns', section of 'Cupidity' website dedicated to the Regency period and maintained by A. Woodley.

'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)

'Inn Sign Society'

'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

'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 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

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)

 

 

Starting-point for historical information on early American pubs

 

'History of Early American Taverns'

'Tavern Culture of the Early Modern Atlantic World': student-generated website with information on current debates and digital primary sources

 

 

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Old sign of the Saracen's Head at Kings Norton (Birmingham, featured on the BBC's Restoration programme)

 

 

Historic public houses in the area

 

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

Broadway (Worcestershire): Lygon Arms, documented as the White Hart in 1532

Burford (Oxfordshire): Lamb Inn, documented as a public house from the mid-18thC

Cotswold: guided Pub Tours around the North Cotswolds, Stroud Valleys and Bath area

Coventry: Golden Cross, built in the 1580s

Deritend (Birmingham): Crown

Gloucester: New Inn, with surving galleried courtyard

Grantham (Lincolnshire): Angel & Royal, a classic 'block-/gatehouse'-type inn (reputedly) from the 13thC

Kings Norton (Birmingham): Saracen's Head

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

Stowe (Buckinghamshire): New Inn, built in 1717 and recently restored (by the National Trust; cf. Guardian article)

Thame (Oxfordshire): Historic inns

Warwick: Warwick Arms

 

 

Historic public houses further afield

 

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

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

 

 

Virtual pub and brewery crawls

 

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)

 

 

Research projects and networks

 

Alcohol and Drugs History Society

Institut Européen d'Histoire et des Cultures de l'Alimentation (IEHCA)

International Commission for Research into European Food History

Intoxicants and Early Modernity 1580-1740, esp. their Database of Alcohol, Nicotine, Caffeine, and Opium in England, 1580-1740

SOAS Food Studies Centre

Taverns, Locals and Street Corners (AHRC research project)

Warwick Drinking Studies Network