Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Pub History

Welcome to the SOLWAY Branch of CAMRA History Page

On this page it is intended to provide a number of articles on the history of pubs and related items. Our branch area extends from the Scottish border in the north, east to the Cumbria/Northumberland border near Nenthead, down to Penrith, along the A66 to Mungrisedale, before going north through the northern fells to Ireby and out to the Solway coast at Silloth.

Carlisle and the surrounding area was well known for having most of its pubs and its brewery run by the Government and not the pub companies or individual pub owners. This situation existed from 1916 until 1973. It is now over 40 years since the pubs were sold off and I hope to provide here a series of articles and other information on the sell off and what has happened to some of the pubs involved since that may be of interest


A series of constantly changing exhibits is to be found in pubs still open that were taken over at the start of the State Management Scheme in 1916 The first of those opened in the Sportsman, Carlisle with others to open shortly in the Boardman, the Kings Head, and the Howard Arms. More information is to be found on the The State Management Story site

Introduction 40 years on from State Management Scheme in Carlisle

SMS Handover - Groups and Prices paid (7.13)

Carlisle State Handover Part 2

Carlisle State Handover Part 3

Carlisle State Handover Part 4 brewery et.

Other items on pub history

Solway Pub Directory (Excl Carlisle) ver 1

Carlisle Pubs Directory v3

King's Head, Carlisle

Drovers Rest Monkhill

Pubs that built Carlisle - Howard Arms

Pubs that built Carlisle - The Sportsman

More to come