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CAMRA Nottingham | History

Pub and Brewery History

The Nottingham Branch Area has a rich history of brewing and associated activities. In this section of the Branch Website, the Nottingham Branch of CAMRA hopes to bring together useful bits of information for those interested in our pub and brewery heritage.

If you are aware of somthing relating to Pub and Brewery History which you think might be of interest to other users of this part of our website, please e-mail details to:

(1) Useful Books on Local Pubs and Breweries

There are a number of books useful to those interested in knowing more about our local pubs and breweries, including:

(1.1) Local Coverage

(1.1.1) Images of England - Nottingham Pubs; Douglas Whitworth; 2010; The History Press; ISBN 978-0-7524-3243-4

An excellent collection of pub photos from across the Nottingham city area, many from the 1970s. Originally published in 2004 by Tempus Publishing. Annoyingly my copy does not have an index. 

(1.1.2) Time Gentlemen Please - Village Public Houses in South Nottinghamshire in dayes gone by; Bernard V. Heathcote; 2012; Nottinghamshire County Council; ISBN 978-0-902751-73-6

A fascinating history of the pubs in the Eastern villages of Gedling (Bulcote, Burton Joyce, Calverton, Lambley & Woodborough) and South Western Newark & Sherwood (Caythorpe, Epperstone, Gonalston, Gunthorpe, Lowdham & Oxton).

(1.1.3) Southwell Inns & Alehouses; Roger Dobson; 2008; Nottinghamshire County Council; ISBN 978-0902751-60-6

A well laid out, comprehensively illustrated and thoroughly informative volume on the history of Southwell's pubs.

(1.1.4) Newark - The Magic of Malt; Newark Civic Trust, edited by Peter Stephens; Nottinghamshire; November 1993; Nottinghamshire County Council;  ISNB 0-900943-48-3  

An essential resource for the history of Newarks' malting history. 

(1.1.5) Newark - The Bounty of Beer; Brenda M. Pask; 1997; Nottinghamshire County Council and Newark & Sherwood District Council; ISBN 0-902751-18-2

A companion volune to "Newark - The Magic of Malt" which documents the brewing history of Newark. 

(1.2) National Coverage

(1.2.1) A Dictionary of Pub Names; Leslie Dunkling & Gordon Wright; 1987; Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited, London

Also published as:

(1.2.2) The Wordsworth Dictionary of Pub Names; Leslie Dunkling & Gordon Wright; 1994; Wordsworth Editions Limited, Ware; ISBN 1-85326-334-6

An excellent introduction to the world of pub names with many examples from the Nottingham area.

(1.2.3) English Inn and Tavern Names; Barrie Cox; 1994; Centre for English Name Studies, University of Nottingham; ISBN 0-952-534-304

An analysis of the information concerning the names of public houses available from the research undertaken by the English Place Name Society upto the mid-1990s. A serious attempt to put pub names into a historical context which is also a surprisingly easy read. Some Nottingham examples with a detailled analysis of Rutland pub names.

(1.2.4) Britain's Best Real Heritage Pubs; Geoff Brandwood; 2013; Campaign for Real Ale; ISBN 978-1-85249-304-2

An review of pub interiors of outstanding historic interest, only four from Nottinghamshire make the grade. Sadly one of those, the Five Ways, is no longer a public house.

(1.2.5) Ye Olde Good Inn Guide; James Monroe & Paul Nero; 2013; The History Press; ISBN 978-0-7524-8061-9

An amusing read which purports to be a Tudor traveller's guide "to the Nation's Finest Taverns". The usual ancient suspects from Nottingham.

(2) The Brewing Industry - Strategy for the Historic Industrial Environment

In February 2010, the Brewery History Society produced a report for English Heritage which provided (i) an analysis of the English brewing industry and its buildings; (ii) a Gazetteer of Extant Historic Brewery Buildings and (iii) commentary on how to manage the resource. A very useful document for understanding what remains of Nottinghamshire's brewing heritage and placing it in a national context. Click on the image to view the document:

(3) Maltings

An often overlooked part of the brewing process, the prodution of malt from barley was a major agricultural industry in Nottinghamshire.

About Beeston Maltings Brewery

(4) Breweries

Nottingham and its surrounding area has a long tradition of brewing.

(4.1) Listed Brewery Buildings

There are a number of historic brewery and other associated drinks industry buildings in the Nottingham Branch Area, including: 

(5) Local Pub History on Websites

There are a number of local history group websites which contain very useful information for those interested in local pub history and the communities which they served. The depth and quality of the research and presentation varies but they represent an excellent starting point for further research.

There are also a number of local history groups which do not have active websites and further details for some of these may be found on Nottingham City Council's "NOTTLOG - Nottingham's Local Organisations and Groups" at

If you are aware of a local history website, or a pub website history page, not covered below and you think it should be, please let us know by e-mailing us at:

(5.1) History Pges on Local History Society Websites:

Arnold Local History Group:

Including a page on the wanton destruction of the 1828-built Druid's Tavern in 2009.

Bramcote History Group:

Burton Joyce & Bulcote Local History Society: 

Includes a page on pub walks from Burton Joyce with local history.

East Leake & District Local History Society:

Gotham & District Local History Society:

Including information on the Cuckoo Bush, the Star, the Sun and the 1929-built Windmill which was demolished in 2007.

Keyworth & District Local History Society:

Lambley Historical Society:

Lenton Local History Society:

West Bridgford & District Local History Society:

Woodborough Heritage:

(5.2) History Pages on Pub's Own Websites:

Victoria, Beeston - a history timeline




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