Olde English Pubs and the Signs of the Zodiac

Pub Signs – the Original ‘Star Spangled Banners’……

Eagle and Child – Aquila and Antinous
Fountain Inn – Aquarius the Water Bearer
The Bear, The Plough, The Seven Stars – Ursa Major
The Red / Black / White / Golden / Blue Lion – Leo
The White / Black / Golden Swan – Cygnus
The Raven – Corvus
Robin Hood – Sagittarius
Pillars of Hercules
The Greyhound, The Black Dog  – Canis Major
The Red / Green Dragon – Draco
The Ram’s Head, The Old Fleece, The Woolpack – Aries
The Goat Inn – Capricorn
Fox and Goose – Vulpecula and Anser
The Dolphin – Delphinus
Bull’s Head – Taurus
The Angel – Virgo
The Unicorn Inn – Monoceros
Hare and Hounds – Canes Venatici, Coma Berenices
The Criterion – Libra
Punch Bowl – Crater
The Bleeding Wolf – Lupus
George and Vulture – Lyra
Ship Tavern – Argo Navis
Royal Oak – Robur Carolinum

Royal Oak 1Flying Horse, Dr Syntax – Pegasus

In the 17th and 18th Century a lot of the pubs were named after


Red Lion – Leo
Bull’s Head – Taurus
Golden Fleece – Aries
The Goat Inn – Capricorn
The Bear, The Plough – Ursa Major
The Golden Swan – Cygnus
The Green Dragon – Draco
The Greyhound – Canis Major
Fox and Goose – Vulpecula and Anser
The Punchbowl – Crater
The Angel – Virgo
The Ship – Argo Navis
Robin Hood – Sagittarius (the Archer)
Eagle and Child – Aquila and Antinous

What was the reasoning behind this?Pub Signs Collage v0.1The answer may be stranger than you could ever imagine…….

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The Spirit World Pub Astrology by Drew Maloney Ver 6


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26 Beer Mats to Collect…..

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New World Star Spangled Banners

Uranias Mirror Collage v0.1Urania’s Mirror Star Charts – first published in 1824 by Sidney Hall.
Templates for pub signs perhaps?

Horse and DolphinEquleus and Delphinus

as depicted by Johannes Hevelius (published 1690)
Equleus and Delphinus
London had four pubs with a ‘Horse and Dolphin’ connection

Horse and Dolphin, Maxfield Street, near St. Ann’s, London 1737

Black Horse and Dolphin, Mansfield Street, Soho, London 1765

Dolphin and Horseshoe, Lamb’s Conduit Passage, Red Lion St., Holborn, London, 1765

Horse and Dolphin, St. Martin’s Street, Leicester Square, London 1785