The Kings Head

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    "The Kings Head is reputed to be the oldest hostelry in the City of Carlisle. The present building dates from the 17th Century, but is understood to be on a site which has been occupied by a hostelry as far back as the 10th century. During World War I thousands of workers were drafted in to build and work for the massive munitions depot at Gretna. The growth of drunkenness was gradual at first but by the spring of 1916 disorder had spread to such an extent "as to threaten and undermine the ordinary social life of the City", Lloyd George fearing riots would take place as in Ireland at the time introduced the Liquor Control Board. This scheme was thought to be temporary, but become known as The Carlisle Experiment and was to last 55 years. In October 1916 the running of The Kings Head was taken over by the said Liquor Control Board. With The Licensing Act of 1921 the Control Board was abolished and The Carlisle and District State Management Scheme evolved to take over the City's pubs. The Kings Head being acquired by the State Management in 1922. On 25th May 1971 a bill to abolish the State Management Scheme was presented to Parliament. The move was generally welcomed. In early 1971 the State Management began the selling-off of the County pubs, The Kings Head being acquired by John Smiths on 7th May 1973. In 1984 the present owners purchased The Kings Head at which time the premises were extensively redecorated. Pub website: [[7004203]]. Note: Photograph is for record purposes only. The photographer has no personal connection with the business depicted." Photo by Gerald England, 2021.
  • Owner

    Gerald England
  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 1 month ago
    Viewed: 39 times
    Picture Taken: 2021-09-11
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