Village’s quirky 16th century pub singled out by Historic England

A village pub in Oxfordshire is one of 11 boozers in the country singled out by Historic England for their unique interiors. The moves comes following a push by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to better protect historic pubs. The North Star Inn, situated on 2 Stocks Lane in Steventon, dates back to the late 16 or 17th century.

It was included in the list for its “rare, historic arrangement” inside, featuring high-backed, free-standing bench seats that form a partition wall. Punters at the North Star Inn will also note there is no serving counter. Instead, drinks are served to the customers via a stable door that comes directly from the cellar, considered a “very rare feature”.

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Of the 11 pubs on the list, two have been awarded Grade II status, and another two have been upgraded to the rare Grade II* listed status: Whitelock’s Ale House in Leeds and Prince Alfred in Maida Vale. The North Star Inn has retained its existing Grade II status, and has had additional information added about its notable interior to its official listing.

11 pubs given Historic England protection

  • Whitelock’s Ale House, Leeds – upgraded to Grade II*
  • Prince Alfred, Maida Vale, London – upgraded to Grade II*

  • Blythe Hill Tavern, Lewisham, London – newly listed at Grade II

  • Admiral Vernon, Dagenham, London – newly listed at Grade II

  • The King’s Head, Laxfield, Suffolk – listed at Grade II

  • The Red Lion, Duke of York Street, London – listed Grade II

  • The Harrow Inn, Steep, Petersfield – listed Grade II

  • The North Star Inn, Stocks Lane, Steventon, Oxfordshire – listed Grade II

  • The Victoria, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, Blackburn – listed Grade II

  • The Black Horse, Friargate, Preston, Lancashire – listed Grade II

  • Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham – listed Grade II

Heritage minister Nigel Huddleston said: “Our historic pubs are national institutions that have sat at the heart of local communities for generations, bringing people together and shining a light on our shared past. “These listings recognise and celebrate the importance of the local pub to people across the country and will make sure their legacy endures for many years to come.”

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