A. E. Sewell
Arthur Edward Sewell (1872–1946) was an English architect, particularly known for the public houses he designed whilst working as the in-house architect for Truman's Brewery. His career peaked in the 1920s and 1930s, and at least five pubs that he designed in that period are now listed buildings with Historic England. In all, he designed around 50 pubs.
Sewell was the lead in-house architect for Truman's Brewery between 1910 and 1939, and he designed around 50 pubs during his lifetime. His career peaked in the 1920s and 1930s when English brewers were trying to shed the Victorian sawdust-on-the-floor image of their pubs for a less rowdy atmosphere with a greater appeal to women—a concept termed the "improved pub". His pub designs generally eschewed the then fashionable modernism in favour of nostalgic neo-Georgian or neo-Tudor designs that presented a dignified front that celebrated Englishness. According to Nikolaus Pevsner in The Buildings of England, Sewell's pubs "usually sport attractive faience decoration and domestic architectural motifs". The last known pub designed by Sewell was the Royal George, near Euston (c. 1939).
In 1931, he designed The Railway Hotel in Station Road, Edgware, for Truman, Hanbury & Buxton, which Pevsner described as "the most exuberant of their neo-Tudor inns, complete with half-timbering, clustered brick-stacks, carved bargeboards and decorative rainwaterheads".
- Historic England. "The Royal Oak (1426765)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
- "Pub campaigning: Inter-war Pubs". London Drinker. Greater London Branches of the Campaign for Real Ale. 37 (5): 38. October–November 2015.
- Sisson, Patrick (31 August 2015). "Raise a Pint to These 19 English Pubs, Just Listed for Historic Preservation". Curbed. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
- Bridget Cherry; Charles O'Brien; Nikolaus Pevsner (2005). London: East. Yale University Press. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-300-10701-2. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
- "The Ivy House public house". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Archived from the original on 23 May 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
- Historic England. "The Rose and Crown public house, Stoke Newington (1427444)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
- Cherry, Bridget; Nikolaus Pevsner (2002). The Buildings of England. London 4: North. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-300-09653-8.
- Cherry, B.; Pevsner, N. (1998). London: North. Yale University Press. p. 448. ISBN 9780300096538. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
- Historic England. "The Station public house, formerly The Stoneleigh Hotel (1427779)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
- Historic England. "Golden Heart Public House (1426296)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
- Hewlett, Geoffrey (2013). Kingsbury Through Time. Stroud: Amberley Publishing. p. 71. ISBN 978-1-4456-2907-0.
- Elwall, Robert. (1983) Bricks & beer: English pub architecture, 1830–1939. British Architectural Library. ISBN 978-0946818006
- Gutzke, David. (2005) Pubs and progressives: Reinventing the public house in England, 1896–1960. Northern Illinois University Press. ISBN 978-0875803357
Media related to Arthur Edward Sewell at Wikimedia Commons