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.
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