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Grade II listing for quirky Camberley Wheatsheaf pub

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Grade II listing for quirky Camberley Wheatsheaf pub

Published by Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 18th May 2018. (Updated at 7:20am 18th May 2018)

The Wheatsheaf pub in Camberley is one of five 'quirky' post-war pubs that have recently been listed as Grade II by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

They have been chosen on the advice of Historic England who have been researching the elaborate designs from 1945 onwards.

Thousands of pubs were built during this time in areas where new housing estates were created following wartime bombing. They became the heart of local communities and a fully accepted social amenity.

Constructed in 1970-71, the Wheatsheaf was one of many built in the middle of neighbourhoods and community halls.

It was designed by renowned pub designers John and Sylvia Reid with as many corners for drinkers to drink privately in as possible.

The Wheatsheaf

The pair were given free reign on deciding what it would look like and their experiment had the aim of standing out and being a focal point for the surrounding estate.

Its decagonal ratchet-wheel layout around a central chimney column and stepped roof profile which created spaces filled with glazed panels forming a series of windows at high level certainly makes it individual at the very least.

Nearly 50 years since it was built, the Wheatsheaf still retains its 70s woodwool ceiling panels, exposed brick and quarry tiles.

The Wheatsheaf

 

Being Grade II listed flags it as 'of special architectural or historic interest considered to be of national importance and therefore worth protecting'.

Because of this, there will be extra control over what changes can be made to the building's interior and exterior.

The other four pubs that have also been listed are:

The Never Turn Back, Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

The Never Turn Back

 

The Centurion Public House, Twerton, Bath, Somerset

The Centurion
The Centurion

The Crumpled Horn, Eldene, Swindon, Wiltshire

The Crumpled Horn
The Crumpled Horn

 

The Queen Bess Public House, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

The Queen Bess

 

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