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Posted By: Steve Parkes
22-May-02 - 12:16 PM
Thread Name: How old is Brit trad of music in pubs?
Subject: RE: How old is Brit trad of music in pubs?
Surprisingly, the public house per se has only been in existence since the Beer House Act of 1830. This was brought in to combat the menace of the gin-palaces in urban areas, by allowing the provision of cheap "nutritious" low-alcohol beverages, brewed on the premises; it meant anyone with a house could get a licence cheaply and turn it into a public house.

Of course, there have always been places selling beer, but the "pub" as we know it is a relatively modern phenomenon.

Steve