Boring pub signs

Boring pub signs

Boring pub signs

First published in Letters by

CAN the landlords of public houses in York explain why we are losing the lovely old signs?

The first to go was the Windmill, in Blossom Street, to be replaced by a boring board with the words The Windmill. At first it was black lettering on cream, but is now a terrible khaki colour obscuring the name altogether.

Next was the Bay Horse, also in Blossom Street. Its wonderful sign was replaced by a scrawly drawing in black which could have been drawn by a two-year-old. You can’t even tell it’s a horse from a distance.

I consoled myself by looking at the wonderful sign at The Fox in Holgate. But now after refurbishment the poor fox has been taken down and replaced with another boring board with black lettering.

What happens to these lovely old signs?

All the character of the premises is being taken away in the name of modernisation.

Mrs W Carter, Marston Crescent, Acomb, York.

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11:02pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Dave Ruddock says...

totally agree , seems the Modern era have no seance of the history of public house sign,s, 21 century school kiddies (sorry thats managers) have just self illusion in their heads .
totally agree , seems the Modern era have no seance of the history of public house sign,s, 21 century school kiddies (sorry thats managers) have just self illusion in their heads . Dave Ruddock
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9:39am Thu 12 Jun 14

Firedrake says...

Then again ... "Good wine needs no bush"!
Then again ... "Good wine needs no bush"! Firedrake
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11:14am Thu 12 Jun 14

Jonothon says...

It is sad, and it is only when they are all gone that we will realise that another fragment of our heritage has been lost.
Perhaps two can be sure of surviving in York. The silver slipper, where the sign is -- an enormous silver slipper, and the Golden Fleece with its hanging golden sheep
It is sad, and it is only when they are all gone that we will realise that another fragment of our heritage has been lost. Perhaps two can be sure of surviving in York. The silver slipper, where the sign is -- an enormous silver slipper, and the Golden Fleece with its hanging golden sheep Jonothon
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2:35pm Fri 13 Jun 14

sheps lad says...

Jonothon wrote:
It is sad, and it is only when they are all gone that we will realise that another fragment of our heritage has been lost.
Perhaps two can be sure of surviving in York. The silver slipper, where the sign is -- an enormous silver slipper, and the Golden Fleece with its hanging golden sheep
Jonothon I assume you mean the GOLDEN Slipper in Goodramgate?
[quote][p][bold]Jonothon[/bold] wrote: It is sad, and it is only when they are all gone that we will realise that another fragment of our heritage has been lost. Perhaps two can be sure of surviving in York. The silver slipper, where the sign is -- an enormous silver slipper, and the Golden Fleece with its hanging golden sheep[/p][/quote]Jonothon I assume you mean the GOLDEN Slipper in Goodramgate? sheps lad
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2:36pm Fri 13 Jun 14

sheps lad says...

Jonothon wrote:
It is sad, and it is only when they are all gone that we will realise that another fragment of our heritage has been lost.
Perhaps two can be sure of surviving in York. The silver slipper, where the sign is -- an enormous silver slipper, and the Golden Fleece with its hanging golden sheep
Jonothon I assume you mean the GOLDEN Slipper in Goodramgate?
[quote][p][bold]Jonothon[/bold] wrote: It is sad, and it is only when they are all gone that we will realise that another fragment of our heritage has been lost. Perhaps two can be sure of surviving in York. The silver slipper, where the sign is -- an enormous silver slipper, and the Golden Fleece with its hanging golden sheep[/p][/quote]Jonothon I assume you mean the GOLDEN Slipper in Goodramgate? sheps lad
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