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The trouble with pub signs is that they have to serve every day of the year, apart from Christmas Day in many cases, without the capacity for seasonal transformation. I expect there will be a 'Holly Bush' or an 'Ivy Leaf' public house somewhere or other, but most of the time they will have to compete with the 'Royal Oak' or the 'Juniper Berry' without any specific yuletide connotations.........

A few weeks ago Tony64, my co-instigator of the Saturday Pub Sign sequence, remarked that he proposed to post a Christmas Special pub sign. Now you might expect that London would come up with 'The Christmas Pudding' or 'Santa's Inn', but most of the year such names would be an irrelevance, illustrating the whimsical nature of pub names, sign painters and collectors alike........However, anyone who has ever played the standard English version of Monopoly will have heard of the 'Angel', Islington, so perhaps that's the one?

I can only offer you 'The Little Angel' in Whitby, North Yorkshire, as my nearest equivalent!


220mm, 1/80th sec. @ f18, ISO 200.

I gather 'The Little Angel' is a traditional watering hole where dominoes and cribbage are still played. The building probably dates from the late 18th or early 19th century, though rumour has it that it contains masonry from a medieval castle that may have stood on the site.

Camera:Nikon D70 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G AF-S VR IF-ED
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Little Angel
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:20 Dec 2008 - 8:46 AM
Tags:Little angel, Photo journalism, Pub sign, Whitby
Votes:65

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tony64
tony64  10204 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 8:48 AM

A very attractive sign Bill and lovely presentation.
Tony

TelStar
TelStar  9116 forum posts United Kingdom
20 Dec 2008 - 8:48 AM

Lovely, and very appropriate for Christmas. I like the way you have separated the sign from the background.

Tel*

KevinWalsham
20 Dec 2008 - 8:59 AM

nice sign for time of year well taken and A merry christmas to all.kevin :o)

challicew
challicew  6 South Africa1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 9:02 AM

Love the sign (reminds me of me...lol) and the selective colouring

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 9:04 AM

An appropriate seasonal upload Bill. I like what you have done to the background to isolate the sign.

Albert

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 9:05 AM

My big sister used to collect what were called scraps when we were kids, many of them were of "Angels" with some lovely colours. Maybe it tugs a few memories for others? I see Danny B has a "wooly" today is this one of your tribe?

Dougie

Barbaraj
Barbaraj  7450 forum posts England
20 Dec 2008 - 9:23 AM

Like the sign its seasonal and the history.

Silverzone
20 Dec 2008 - 9:53 AM

Love the theme, nice image. Happy Christmas. Sylvia

bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 10:55 AM

this works very well....a beautiful sign....very well captured!
I'm not a friend of selective colouring but it works very well
like it a lot....

excellent work ,Bill


ollie

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
20 Dec 2008 - 11:27 AM

Very special, well done

Peter

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 11:38 AM

Yes the treatment works well Bill. good on you for finding a one to suit the Christmas season...am I allowed to say that or should I be referring to ...winter festival.

zebraboy
zebraboy  9197 forum posts United Kingdom
20 Dec 2008 - 11:57 AM

That's beautiful pub sign, I couldn't imagine much rowdiness in there!!

texturencolour
20 Dec 2008 - 12:03 PM

Had this picked as Moira's as her pub signs tend to have a feminine theme. Is it possible that this is how you feel on leaving the establishment? I like the isolated background and accompanying story.
jennifer

Cormy
Cormy  6 England
20 Dec 2008 - 12:20 PM

Superb work Bill,and named after Moira,I see !!!!
Cheers
Alan

MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2008 - 12:35 PM

You have done wonders with this Bill, great. How I wish we had a pub like this in Hexham.
Mavis

graceland
graceland  92378 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 12:38 PM

'The Little Angel' in Whitby, North Yorkshire,

i HAVE THAT ONE BILL IN mY COLLECTION

SUPER

Adrian_Reynolds
20 Dec 2008 - 12:56 PM

I would love to have joined in your Pub sign challenge today Bill, but to my surprise Shetland doesn't have any of this type, I suspect due to the high winds we get here, beautifully captured, great idea for getting people involved, Adrian

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 1:09 PM

This is beautiful. I love the way it stands out from the background.

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 1:38 PM

A splendid looking sign Bill, there's an angel hotel in Coleford, Glos but the sign isn't as grand as this beauty.

Sahyadri
Sahyadri  661 forum posts India2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 1:43 PM

beautiful shot and thanks so muc for the write up Bill.

nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
20 Dec 2008 - 1:58 PM

Great sign and lovely write up indeed

Nicky

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 2:14 PM

a nice one this Bill. Nicely worked too.

John Smile

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 2:49 PM

Very seasonal find Bill.
Helen

Nettles
Nettles  7 England
20 Dec 2008 - 2:52 PM

A pretty pub sign Bill.
I hope you go into each of these pubs to partake of a small beverage or two.
Wishing you and Moira a very merry Christmas.
Annette

casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2008 - 3:05 PM

Nice find and well taken
john

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 3:23 PM

Not a name you would really associate with a pub Bill.
Like Dougie,my sister collected scraps.It does strike a chord here with the sign.One of the more unusual signs that has been posted.
Good work.
Mick.

User_Removed
20 Dec 2008 - 4:01 PM

love the pp work here Bill, very well done

rgds
Dave

SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 4:46 PM

A real seasonal find. The selective treatment works very well here.
Sandra

Andree_Borrel
20 Dec 2008 - 5:15 PM

40 marches in, great image, great write up as ususal, i really liked Olk Kent Rd, but the rent was a little measly £2

roverrat
roverrat e2 Member 6roverrat vcard Germany5 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 5:30 PM

Very christmas-like Wink Great capture Bill.
Alex

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 6:12 PM

Good one for the collect Bill.
Regards Richard.

Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 6:41 PM

Wonderfully appropriate capture for this season, and made even better by the selective colouring.
Regards,
Rende

kinfatric
kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 7:16 PM

wonderfully put Bill

Brilane
Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 7:57 PM

Stands out well from the bg.
Brian

samsalt
samsalt  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2008 - 8:44 PM

Good one Bill !

There is a second pub in Whitby called The Angel en route from the railway station to the swing bridge. It is known locally as the big Angel to avoid confusion with the one this hangs above.

sillygirl
sillygirl  6 Sweden
20 Dec 2008 - 9:02 PM

Such a lovely and unusual pubsign.
Marie

oldgreyheron
oldgreyheron e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2008 - 6:52 PM

Bill, an appropriately seasonal image, and a good one too!

Mike

John_Humphreys
22 Dec 2008 - 8:32 PM

I like the way you have desaturated the background to make the sign stand out. I have a picture in my portfolio with 'The South Pole Inn' in it. Wrong pole for this time of year! John

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