- Peter Tuffrey
15th October 2010
Eager to prove or disprove many myths that had circulated over the years about Doncaster pubs, renowned South Yorkshire writer Peter Tuffrey embarked on an intensive research programme in the mid-1980s to gain a erudite view of the subject. Along the way he has gathered a mountain of invaluable information from a variety of reference sources, including newspapers, architectural plans, and licensing registers which have helped provide a solid foundation for this book. It should also be mentioned that many people have helped Peter with his research, including the late Doncaster historian James Edward Day, Doncaster Civic Trust Secretary; Eric Braim, LVA President; Terry Oates, Doncaster Trades & Labour Club President; Geoff Elvin and many more. The illustrations range from unique sketches of pubs existing before the advent of photography to pictures Peter took in the late 1990s with the help of former Doncaster Evening Post photographer Geoff Harrison. These show landlords and landladies posing outside their pubs with an army of regulars. Amazingly, some of these pubs have since closed, been demolished or renamed, making the record even more significant. But looking back, Doncaster's pub scene has been one of constant change and sadly, in the present economic climate, its decline seems likely to continue in the years ahead. The book will be full to the brim with information for local pub buffs and historians alike. So raise your glasses and toast Peter Tuffrey's new book, Doncaster Pubs.