Clubs, on the other hand, were regulated differently. And that difference could be seen in the growth of the number of clubs. In the quarter century between 1905 and 1930 their number doubled. With the majority of that growth coming in the last decade. I suspect that WW I slowed down the growth between 1914 and 1920.
Over the same period the number of pubs fell by 25%. Meaning that the percentage of clubs in the total number of on-licences rose from 6% to 15%. This, along with the fact that in many districts clubs had their own brewery, must have had an impact on brewers.
Though, as we'll see later, clubs became important outlets for some big brewers.
|The rise of clubs 1905 - 1930|
|Date||Full||Beer / wine||Total Pubs||Registered clubs||total||% clubs|
|1924 – 1972: The Brewers' Society Statistical handbook 1973”, page 50.|
|"Brewers' Almanack 1971", page 83.|