What, no Intrepid Fox? The shade of Charles James, that much-loved Georgian radical, will be miffed.
A few such oversights aside, this convivial guide to "the "secret meanings of pub names" will satisfy the thirst of bar-propping readers with a taste for history's byways.
Albert Jack entertainingly identifies the monarchs and warriors, rogues and legends, behind signboards. Inns may recall civil wars (York-vs-Lancaster in The Bear and Ragged Staff or The White Hart; crown-vs.Parliament in The Royal Oak), pilgrimage (The Cross Keys) or myth (The Green Man).
But a hazy closing-time confusion still surrounds old favourites. The Elephant and Castle may not be (as knowalls in the snug think) "the Infanta of Castile", but the emblems of the cutlers' guild.Reuse content