Here is a selection of pub names that you may have drank in??
THE ROSE AND CROWN
When James 1 ascended to the throne of England the red lion of Scotland was placed on many public buildings. By calling their pub the Rose and Crown, English innkeepers could proclaim their loyalty to the monarchy and the red rose an English flower reminded everyone of their nationality.
THE BULL OR THE BULLS HEAD
It is thought that this name originated from a reference to the papal bull, the laden seal attached to the pope’s edicts. A bull’s head was introduced into the arms of Henry V111 after he defied the papal bull in 1538, causing the split from Rome and the Church of England.
THE RED LION
Most red lions originated from the reign of James 1. James V1 of Scotland had already ordered that the heraldic red lion of Scotland be displayed on all important building which included taverns. However the red lion was already a familiar symbol of England as it had been a personal emblem of John of Grant son of Edward 111 who was a powerful man in England.
THE WHITE HART
While John of Grant was being the most powerful man in England the king at the time was Richard 11, he was rather annoyed that his own authority was being bypassed. So he passed a law forcing London’s tavern owners to hang out his badge, the whit hart. Failure to do so meant the innkeeper “shall forfeit his ale”
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