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The Quarter Jack in Wells by KD Paine and Associates

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JD Wetherspoon has done a great service in converting an enormous range of historic buildings into pubs

JD Wetherspoon is the biggest pub chain in the UK: although it has divested itself of 45 pubs over the last two years, it still has around 900 branches. The company’s founder Tim Martin is a staunch supporter of Brexit, another example – like Farage himself – of the little-England mindset that flourishes in pubs. But we must try to separate the politics from the architecture, and in this instance the patron has done a great service in converting an enormous range of historic buildings into pubs. The Quarter Jack occupies a bus garage built in the 1950s and the designers have opted for an appropriately ‘mid-century modern’ interior, the modishness of which has now evidently percolated to the architecture of popular leisure. This has resulted in an unusually restrained carpet and imitation G Plan furniture.

The quarter jack plan

The quarter jack plan