GALLERY: Pub Architecture, 1846

We’ve been reading Victorian Pubs by Mark Girouard (1975; rev. 1984) which pointed us toward J.C. Loudon’s Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farm and Villa Architecture and Furniture published in 1846. This being the 21st century, it’s available in full online via, and has about 50 pages on inns and pubs (pp.675-726).

These designs are ideal templates rather than referring to specific pubs — has anyone ever seen an Italianate or Swiss-style inn in the wild? (Serious question.)

4 replies on “GALLERY: Pub Architecture, 1846”

Well, there’s the Pooley Bridge Inn, previously known as the Swiss Chalet Hotel. The older name reflects the style of the building, and I’ve seen Victorian/early 20th century advertising for the Lake District as the ‘English Alps’ which may have inspired the choice of architectural style.

Don’t know how old it is, though, and the design is rather different to that above.

The Bakers Vaults and Florist in Stockport both have a touch of Italianate about them. It was a popular style in the early days of the railways, so pubs and hotels built at the same time as railway stations might well be in that style.

And there’s always Sam Smith’s Alpine Gasthof in Rochdale, which I think is late 60s/early 70s.

Comments are closed.