Out of approximately 650 pubs in the Leeds Metropolitan District there are now only 21 that can be said to retain any degree of original interiors. Public houses have suffered from conversion and alterations in varying degrees over many years, often ruining fine original interiors for short term fashion reasons. However the numbers that survive are good examples of British traditional pubs.
There are a number of pubs in the city that are Statutorily Listed, however by no means all have anything like their original interiors. Up to the mid 1990s pubs tended to be listed as buildings in a streetscape rather than a particular type of building, or for any surviving interior and few past 1875. The Skyrack in Headingley for example is listed but has been altered countless times inside and is merely a facade. From around 1994 English Heritage, with advice from CAMRA, began to take an interest in the interiors for the first time. This resulted in a number of pubs with fine unspoilt interiors being listed, which had hitherto been missed.
Throughout the country CAMRA has identified the surviving important pub interiors. These have been compiled into a “National Inventory” (NI) of historic pub interiors. Other pubs which have seen some alteration but still retain important heritage interiors form the “Regional Inventory” (RI), currently being compiled for regions across the UK.
Full details of all the NI heritage pubs in the UK can be found on the CAMRA heritage pub website.
Follow these links to find out more about Heritage Pubs in the area: