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Thread #101290 Message #2041136
Posted By: Bernard
02-May-07 - 07:43 AM
Thread Name: Contrived Pub names
Subject: RE: Contrived Pub names
Occasionally names are changed to reflect colloquial usage...
A pub in Bolton, Lancs, had its name changed to 'Sally Up Steps' because that had been its local nickname for many years, due to the number of steps leading up to the front door. Sadly, it closed some years ago and is now a Chinese restaurant... I think it was originally the Stanley Arms.
Another Bolton pub (with a spectacular panoramic view) is Bob's Smithy, supposedly named after the blacksmith who spent more time in the pub than he did at work!
Possibly unique is the Spinner & Bergamot, Comberbach, Cheshire, which is named after after two famous race hourses owned by the local gentry of nearby Marbury Hall in the late 1700s.
They were very successful, and made a fortune for the Smith Barry family who also owned the Spinner Pub. It became the Spinner and Bergamot because they believed that the pub gave them good luck and fortune...!
Or so the story goes...