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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Unity Inn Sign


When I published a picture of a crane over the Unity Inn one commentator said
how about a closer shot of the pub sign. It looks interesting and we'd all like to see their interpretation of Unity.
So, as I promised, here it is.

The sign depicts a rose, a daffodil and a thistle to signify the Union of England, Wales & Scotland. The rose is both a white rose and a red rose thus representing Yorkshire and Lancashire (remember Hyde is in Cheshire).

My other ABC-Wednesday U posts this week are ~~ Uplands Farm at Old Hyde ~~ Ulriken at Ackworth born, gone West ~~ Under the Pier at Sithenah

To visit more ABC-Wednesday U posts go to Mrs. Nesbitt's Place.

20 comments:

ptowngirl said...

A beautiful, symbolic sign indeed!

ptowngirl
HamptonRoadsDailyPhoto.com

Deslilas said...

L'union fait la force
Unity gives strengh.

RuneE said...

A nice interpretation. I have read somewhere that the pubs in the UK are legally obliged to paint a sign that shows the name of the pub in such a way that even illiterates can read it. Is that right? If so, maybe we should use that legislation over here too...

Picturing of Life said...

lovely name...

Mine in here Thanks

Mental P Mama said...

That is beautiful and so true.

Elaine Saunders www.completetext.com said...

In the 13th Century most travellers were accommodated by monasteries but, with the rise in the pilgrimage trade, they could no longer cope with the numbers. Local entrepreneurs therefore opened inns, taking religious names to imply monastic patronage. Their signs were inspired by pictures in stained glass windows, hence pubs called The Angel, Lamb (of God) and Ship (Ark).

I've just published a book on pub sign history and didn't find a law saying that there needed to be a pictorial sign. But as no one could read, it made sense to advertise your pub with a nice picture. Later, landlords used signs to advertise the beer on offer (Cock & Bottle), facilities (Horse & Groom on stage coach routes), entertainment (Bear for bear baiting) or an association with local trade (Carpenters, Masons, Blacksmiths Arms).

The pub sign came to Britain with the Roman Invasion so they're probably the world's oldest form of advertising. They've been inspired by religion, royalty, love, heroes and villains and, between them, they tell quite a story.

I missed the Unity in my research but it's a beautiful picture, again celebrating a moment in Britain's history.

Elaine Saunders
Author - A Book About Pub Names
www.completetext.com

Kelly said...

I always like to see what you will find for ABC Wednesday! This is a lovely sign!

The D in D & T said...

A lovely sign, and a lovely interpretation.

lynn said...

How interesting all that is, Gerald, the info here and your lovely photo!

alicesg said...

Lovely sign and interesting information.

babooshka said...

I thought runee's question was quite interesting. Unity is spot on for the image. Never come across another pub of this name before.

reader Wil said...

Wonderful sign! And I like the explanation of the existence of these beautiful British signs, which I also use to take photos of.

leslie said...

Fascinating! I'll look for that place next summer when visiting the area. :D

Petunia said...

Great and fascinating post!

marley said...

A sign to keep everyone happy. Well apart from the Irish!

AUHgal said...

Nice contrast of the colours-white against the brick.

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Neva said...

A very lovely sign...I like the colors as well....
Mine is here.

Louis la Vache said...

Excellent followU to yoUr reader's reqUest!

"LoUis" did Urban Art.

mrsnesbitt said...

\now pub signs would be a great theme for the next round of ABC!

Squirrel said...

I never knew the daffodil represented Wales. Interesting!

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