Coat of Arms

I am little late for SoCS but I was out and about yesterday and came back home late to watch a movie ‘Five Card Stud (1968)’, which was amazing and we enjoyed every minute of it. If you are a fan of Western Classics, you should see this. Robert Mitchum reminded me of Amjad Khan (a Bollywood actor). And by the end of it, I was exhausted to even try and login to WordPress. But better late than never 😉

I did post once about the various pubs in and around London I had seen with the word ‘Arms’ in it. My husband who has been here for close to 25 years wasn’t sure if that was a thing when I asked about him last May. Now I have got him looking for those pubs with the word ‘Arms’ in it to add it to our ‘list’ (totally imaginary 😉 ) We do get excited when we see one more. The characteristics of such pubs are a) they are at the junction of two roads (except for one, which I don’t remember the name now) b) they have a coat of arms symbol displayed, each of them unique c) they all have some lord’s names associated with them or at least that is what I think if those regency novels are to go by. It could be place names too (e.g. Devonshire, Oxford, Hawley, Harwood etc)

Whatever might be the history behind it, I find it a very amusing thing to look out for 🙂

Post for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January is: “coat.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

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Why are they called Arms?

So, here is the thing. While on my way out and about in London especially in the North West parts, this is what I had observed and since my friend-cum-guide doesn’t know about it and since I couldn’t find a reasonable explanation about it either, I had to blog about it to get some answers if any one of you know about these.

I saw three pubs and there is a pattern to them.

a) They are in the corner or junction of two roads.

b) Their names end with Arms

c) They are black in color

d) They have names which resemble the names of dukes probably.

Here are those

(i) Devonshire Arms


(ii) Oxford Arms


(iii) Lyttleton Arms


Some say they are named thus because they were earlier almhouses close by which were supported by those families and later they changed the names to arms instead of alms and such. Of course not all of them agree to this and there is no definite explanation as such when I tried googling about them.

In case you know of their history or any other such ‘Arms’ based pub names, please do let me know 🙂