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
Flying Horse, Dr Syntax – Pegasus
In the 17th and 18th Century a lot of the pubs were named after
STAR CONSTELLATIONS ?!
Red Lion – Leo
What was the reasoning behind this?The answer may be stranger than you could ever imagine…….
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Urania’s Mirror Star Charts – first published in 1824 by Sidney Hall.
Templates for pub signs perhaps?
Horse and Dolphin – Equleus and Delphinus
as depicted by Johannes Hevelius (published 1690)
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