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Five ‘fascinating’ post-war pubs have gained listed status

The drinking establishments are among the first to be protected by Historic England.

A listed pub may conjure up images of a thatched roof covering a wooden bar that has served pints for centuries, but five post-war watering holes have now gained the status.

The English establishments were among the first built after the 1950s to get the protection when their Grade II listings were announced on Friday.

Historic England’s chief executive Duncan Wilson said the “fascinating” pubs are some of the best surviving examples of their generation. Here is why:

– The Centurion Public House, Bath, Somerset

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Julius Caesar inside The Centurion

A sculpture of a large bronze Roman soldier stands above the glass-fronted 1965 pub in the Twerton estate. Along with its name, it is a sign of things to come with a Julius Caesar statue in the lobby and a framed Roman mosaic hanging on the wall.

– The Crumpled Horn, Swindon, Wiltshire

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Another estate pub, which served its first pint in 1975, the irregularly-shaped building is the only survivor of a group designed around the theme of the This Is The House That Jack Built nursery rhyme.

– The Never Turn Back, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk

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With its tower designed to look like a ship’s wheelhouse and tower, the 1957 establishment is a memorial to the Caister disaster of 1901 where nine lifeboatmen died.

– The Queen Bess Public House, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

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Built by the Samuel Smith’s brewery in 1959, Historic England said it is one of the “best-preserved” examples of a pub built after the Second World War.

– The Wheatsheaf, Camberley, Surrey

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The “experimental” decagonal-shaped pub built in the early 1970s was filled with alcoves around a single bar to allow locals to mingle socially as well as find privacy.

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