Pubs in Time
The Campaign or Real Ale is asking for information on pubs that have played a unique part in shaping history for its new "Pubs in Time" scheme.
Pubs in Time plaques have so far been awarded to 14 pubs that have features in significant events in history. Plaques are intended to recognise important events in the life of a pub not less than 30 years ago - unless there are exceptional circumstances. All pubs in the UK are eligible as long as the significant event or activity happened on the premises.
Plaques will be awarded for an event or activity of significance or significant interest to the life and history of the nation, a field or profession, or to a local area. The fact that an individual frequented a pub will not be enough for nomination.
You might also be interested in Once Upon a Pint - A Reader's Guide to England's Literary Pubs & Inns for UK pubs and inns with a literary connection.
Plaque recipients so far
The Globe Inn, 56 High Street, Dumfries DG1 2JA
The Globe was the favourite Howff (pub) of Robert Burns when he was living at Ellisland Farm. Using his diamond ring, Burns inscribed a poem on one of the bedroom windows which still survives today.
"Gin a body meet a body
Coming through the grain
Gin a body kiss a body
The thing's a body's ain"
What he regarded as his best love song was penned to Anna Park, her of the 'golden locks', who was the niece of the landlord at that time. The Burns Howff club was founded here in 1889 and still meets here every year on January 25.
The George Inn, High Street, Norton St Philip, Bath, Somerset, BA2 7LH
01373 834 224
On the 36th and 27th of June 1685 this pub served as the Duke of Monmouth's headquarters for two of the last armed battles on English soil. The clash that took place a musket's shot from the pub is believed to be the last occasion that a rebel force routed government troops.
The Leopard Inn, 21 Market Place, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 3AA
On March 8 1765 Josiah Wedgwood and James Brindley met to discuss the construction of the Trent and Mersey Canal. The project began the following year and spearheaded Britain's Golden Age of canals, revolutionising freight transport and helping fuel the industrial revolution.
The Eagle & Child, 49 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU
Until 1963 the great writers of "the Inklings" - C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, Charles Williams and others - met regularly in the pub. The conversations that took place there profoundly influenced the development of 20th century English literature.
The Town of Ramsgate, 62 Wapping High Street, London, E1W 2PN
020 7481 8000
In 1688 following the fall of James II, the infamous Judge Jeffries, who presided over the Bloody Assizes, enjoyed his last moments of freedom before being captured and beaten while waiting for a passage from London. He was taken to the tower and died the following year.
The Angel and Royal, Grantham, High Street, Grantham NG31 6PN
It was here in 1483 that Richard III sat and signed the death warrant for his cousin, the Duke of Buckingham. This Inn has played host to such heads of state as King John, Oliver Cromwell and King Charles I.
The Swan Inn, Lower Street, Fittleworth, RH20 1EN
This was the headquarters of Ye Ancient Order of Froth Blowers. Founded in 1924 by Bert Temple and known as a "cheerful law-abiding fraternity of absorptive Britons" the Order raised a six figure sum for children's charities within five years. Economic forces and pressure from the temperance movement sadly led to the demise of the Order some years later.
The Bell, Great North Road, Stilton, Peterborough, PE7 3RA
During the 1720's this Inn was the first place to sell Stilton cheese. It's then owner Cooper Thornhill popularised it and created a substantial and enduring market for the product. A 19th century saying from Wymondham reads: "Drink a pot of ale, eat a scoop of Stilton, Every day you will make ‘old bones."
The Eagle, 8 Bene't St, Cambridge, CB2 3QN
On February 28, 1953, Francis Crick and James Watson made the first public announcement of the discovery of DNA with the words "We have discovered the secret of life" Throughout their early partnership Watson and Crick dined in the pub on six days every week.
The Derby Arms, Margate Road, Ramsgate, CT11 7SG
The writer and humorist Frank Muir was born here in February 5, 1920. He was one of the great pioneers of British radio comedy and created a genre of gentle humour that endeared him to millions of people around the world. He died on January 2, 1998.
The Star Inn, 2 Quarry St, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3TY
Where in 1974 the founding members of The Stranglers, then called the Guildford Stranglers, gave their first public performance. They went on to become the most enduring band of the punk and new wave era and one of those genres' most important influences.
The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, London, N2 9HR
020 8883 1028
The site of the first public performance of Ray and Dave Davies, founding members of the Kinks, in December 1960. The Kinks went on to become one of Britain's most influential rock bands and its members are regarded as the founding fathers of musical genre's that emerged decades after they disbanded.
Jacaranda Club, Liverpool, 21-23 Slater Street, Liverpool, L1 4BW
0151 707 8281
Where in 1960 the five founding members of The Beatles staged some of their earliest public performances. They began a professional career here by engaging their first manager Allan Williams, who, together with Beryl Williams, were proprietors of the venue. The Jacaranda was a key launching point for the band's future success.
The Royal Anchor, 9-11 The Square, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7AD
Where in June 1814 The Allied Sovereigns met and lunched. The party included the Emperor of Russia and the King of Prussia together with distinguished military figures such as Marshal Blucher and the Duke of Wellington.