Origins of English Pub Names: A fascinating and informative look into their origins and meanings
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Anthony Poulton-Smith

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Brief Description: Have you ever wondered how England’s pubs got their names? How did some of the more weird and wonderful ones come into being? What is the history behind such names as Blink Bonny, Bucket of Blood, Lamorna Wink and My Father’s Moustache?
England’s pubs have always been at the heart of the community they serve and their names are instantly recognisable, even when taken out of context. Coming almost from a language of their own, these names all have an origin and a meaning, with such diverse beginnings as heraldic imagery, religion, advertising, location, wildlife, humour and persons of note.
Origins of English Pub Names features some of the most obscure names, alongside one or two well-known favourites such as the Red Lion and the Dukes Head, and is a must-have for all those interested in learning a little of the history behind their local.
This fascinating book will appeal to historians and etymologists everywhere and, indeed, anyone who has enjoyed a lazy afternoon in a pub and, perhaps, contemplated the origin of its name.

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About the Author: Anthony Poulton-Smith turned to writing full time when his 20-year career in light engineering came to an end. Since then he has seen around 1,500 articles in print, published over 70 books of his own and ghost-written more than 200 others. Anthony’s books reflect his keen interest in etymology and, in particular, place names.
In the past, Anthony has written about transport through the years, put together collections of ghost stories and even taken a brief look at the history of the toilet. He is currently researching a variety of subjects, from coaches to canals, ghosts to gore, through to escapees. He gives regular talks on many of the subjects covered by his books.
In addition to writing, Anthony is an active member of the local community in his home town of Tamworth and is chairman of Tamworth Literary Festival and a volunteer for the local Talking Newspaper. He is a member of MENSA, a magistrate and has recently become a mature student, studying ancient languages.
Anthony is a father of two who enjoys a challenge, particularly in the form of a crossword or quiz.

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Publication Date:29 May 2018
Digital eBook ISBN 13:978-1-911476-39-9
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