Little Angel

By woolybill1
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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tony64 14 204 9 England
20 Dec 2008 8:48AM
A very attractive sign Bill and lovely presentation.

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TelStar 13 116 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2008 8:48AM
Lovely, and very appropriate for Christmas. I like the way you have separated the sign from the background.

20 Dec 2008 8:59AM
nice sign for time of year well taken and A merry christmas to all.kevin :o)
challicew 10 1 1 South Africa
20 Dec 2008 9:02AM
Love the sign (reminds me of and the selective colouring
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
20 Dec 2008 9:04AM
An appropriate seasonal upload Bill. I like what you have done to the background to isolate the sign.

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?

Barbaraj 11 450 England
20 Dec 2008 9:23AM
Like the sign its seasonal and the history.
Silverzone 10 2 England
20 Dec 2008 9:53AM
Love the theme, nice image. Happy Christmas. Sylvia
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
20 Dec 2008 10:55AM
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

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
20 Dec 2008 11:27AM
Very special, well done

danbrann Plus
13 637 17
20 Dec 2008 11:38AM
Yes the treatment works well Bill. good on you for finding a one to suit the Christmas I allowed to say that or should I be referring to ...winter festival.
zebraboy 13 197 Australia
20 Dec 2008 11:57AM
That's beautiful pub sign, I couldn't imagine much rowdiness in there!!
20 Dec 2008 12:03PM
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.
Cormy 10 3 England
20 Dec 2008 12:20PM
Superb work Bill,and named after Moira,I see !!!!
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2008 12:35PM
You have done wonders with this Bill, great. How I wish we had a pub like this in Hexham.
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2008 12:38PM
'The Little Angel' in Whitby, North Yorkshire,


20 Dec 2008 12:56PM
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 Plus
11 30 53 United States
20 Dec 2008 1:09PM
This is beautiful. I love the way it stands out from the background.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
20 Dec 2008 1:38PM
A splendid looking sign Bill, there's an angel hotel in Coleford, Glos but the sign isn't as grand as this beauty.
Sahyadri 10 61 2 India
20 Dec 2008 1:43PM
beautiful shot and thanks so muc for the write up Bill.
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
20 Dec 2008 1:58PM
Great sign and lovely write up indeed

20 Dec 2008 2:14PM
a nice one this Bill. Nicely worked too.

John Smile
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2008 2:49PM
Very seasonal find Bill.
Nettles 10 England
20 Dec 2008 2:52PM
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.
casson 11 3 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2008 3:05PM
Nice find and well taken
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
20 Dec 2008 3:23PM
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.
User_Removed 10 485 13 England
20 Dec 2008 4:01PM
love the pp work here Bill, very well done

SandraKay Plus
10 233 4 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2008 4:46PM
A real seasonal find. The selective treatment works very well here.
20 Dec 2008 5:15PM
40 marches in, great image, great write up as ususal, i really liked Olk Kent Rd, but the rent was a little measly 2
lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
20 Dec 2008 5:30PM
Very christmas-like Wink Great capture Bill.
Richsr 10 91 223 England
20 Dec 2008 6:12PM
Good one for the collect Bill.
Regards Richard.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
20 Dec 2008 6:41PM
Wonderfully appropriate capture for this season, and made even better by the selective colouring.
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
20 Dec 2008 7:16PM
wonderfully put Bill
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
20 Dec 2008 7:57PM
Stands out well from the bg.
samsalt 9 24 1 England
20 Dec 2008 8:44PM
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 9 9 Sweden
20 Dec 2008 9:02PM
Such a lovely and unusual pubsign.
21 Dec 2008 6:52PM
Bill, an appropriately seasonal image, and a good one too!

John_Humphreys 12 69 2 Ireland
22 Dec 2008 8:32PM
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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