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With members of the press, local licensees and a strong presence of Yorkshire CAMRA members, the new edition of CAMRA’s guide to pubs with real historic significance in Yorkshire and Humber was recently launched at Whitelock’s pub in Leeds. Yorkshire's Real Heritage Pubs is a full-colour campaigning guide to the pubs which still have interiors or internal features of historical significance. This fully updated and re-launched revised edition builds on the success of the sell-out first edition (published in 2011) and is the only publication of its kind covering the Yorkshire region. Following an introduction by editor Dave Gamston, the new guide was officially launched by Greg Mulholland MP, Leeds North West (and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group).
John Thornton, left, editor Dave Gamston and Greg Mulholland MP.
Not only does the new guide aim to celebrate the heritage pubs that are open and trading but it also highlights the sad reality of how few are left and the threats they face. The guide highlights a disastrous planning ‘loophole’ that allows many pubs to be turned into supermarkets or converted for other retail or office use without the need of planning permission. In telling the story of important pubs we have recently lost, Yorkshire’s Real Heritage Pubs reflects on other major failings in planning and heritage protection systems.
Editor Dave Gamston said, “We believe it will have wide appeal as an enjoyable and informative guidebook for locals and visitors to Yorkshire. At the same time we hope it will provide a serious working reference – and wake up call! – for the people and official bodies who control the destinies of Yorkshire’s pubs.”
Yorkshire's Real Heritage Pubs features 119 pubs and provides informative text to highlight their significance, with full colour photographs in many cases. Pub entries of local interest are The Albert, The Sportsman, The Shoulder of Mutton, The Victoria (all Huddersfield) and The Beaumont Arms at Kirkheaton.
The book is available direct from CAMRA (01727 867201), in all good bookshops and some of the featured pubs, priced at £4.99 (excluding p&p).