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British pubs go down in history

Fourteen British pubs have been given special plaques recording historic events that took place within their walls. The Pubs in Time plaques are expected to be the first of many, and follow extensive research by consumer group the Campaign for Real Ale.

Fourteen British pubs have been given special plaques recording historic events that took place within their walls. The Pubs in Time plaques are expected to be the first of many, and follow extensive research by consumer group the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Its researchers found that some claims – often down to local mythology – were false, but all the pubs selected for plaques have authenticated stories. Each plaque records a synopsis of the event that took place. The pubs include:

· The favourite inn of Scottish poet Robert Burns, who inscribed a poem on one of the bedroom windows - it still survives today. The Burns Howff Club was founded here in 1889 and still meets every January 25. The Globe Inn, 56 High Street, Dumfries Tel: 01387 252335.

· The Oxford hostelry where writers C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, Charles Williams and others – known as the Inklings — met regularly until 1963. The Eagle & Child, 49 St Giles, Oxford. Tel: 01865 302925.

· The Cambridge pub where, in 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 six days a week. The Eagle, 8 Benet Street, Cambridge. Tel: 01223 505020.

· The Surrey inn 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. The Star Inn, 2 Quarry Street, Guildford, Surrey. Tel: 01483 532887.

· The Merseyside pub where in 1960 the founding members of The Beatles staged some of their earliest public performances. Jacaranda Club, Liverpool, 21-23 Slater Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 707 8281.

Website: www.camra.org.uk


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