Scunthorpe

Scunthorpe pub receives grade II listing

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A pub in Scunthorpe has been awarded a grade II listing for being one of the nations best examples of a pub built in the decades after the Second World War.

The Queen Bess, named after a record-breaking blast furnace at Appleby-Frodingham steelworks, opened in 1959 and quickly became the heart of the community.

A grade II listing is given to buildings and locations considered historically significant. It protects them from redevelopments and helps to keep them intact for future generations.

The pub is special because it retains many of the original fixtures, including its bar counters, fixed seating and furniture.

The Queen’s Bar has been in place since the Queen Bess opened in 1959. Photo: Historic England

The layout of the pub is also as it was originally designed. With three distinct areas still intact; a public bar, lounge bar and concert room.

Few post-war public houses remain in this condition. Especially when compared to 19th and early 20th century examples.

The majority of them have been lost to large scale redevelopments by franchises and large breweries.

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