A Conversation for English Pub Names
Bez (arguaby the finest figure of a man ever found wearing Bez's underwear) <underpants> Started conversation Jul 19, 2002
The names such as Red Lion, Blue Pig, etc. come from late medieval heraldry.
For example the name Blue Pig, Blue Boar or simmilar is much more common in the areas that belonged at some point to the Duke of Oxford (who's symbol was a blue boar) or the Duke of Gloucester (who's symbol was a white boar, but many pub signs got re-painted after the Battle of Bosworth, to match a Lancastrian heraldry, rather than a Yorkist).
Notice that it is the land that belonged to the chap that's important, for example many of the pub with a bear in the name are from places owned by the Earl of Warwick, who owned considerably more land in the north (especially near the Scots border) than he did in the Midlands.
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