In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a number of temperance bars were established in conjunction with various temperance organizations. Originally, these advocated a moderate approach to life, especially concerning the consumption of alcohol. Later they moved toward abstinence from alcohol. Temperance bars with full temperance licenses (allowing them to serve on Sundays despite English trading laws) were once common in many high streets and shopping areas in the North of England.
The bars quite often asked their patrons to sign a pledge of temperance, meaning that they would abstain from intoxicating liquors!
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