The Hotspur - a.k.a. Percy Has Arrived

By woolybill1
A couple of weeks ago I warned you to Be Prepared wherein you were informed that Percy was Coming. Well, this Percy was called Harry Hotspur; and here he is !!!

The Hotspur pub stands on Percy Street in Newcastle upon Tyne. Percy Street is named after Lord Percy, the first Earl of Northumberland. Percy's son Henry (born 1366), was known as Harry Hotspur because of the many battles he fought against the Scots in the North-East of England and the Scottish Borders. The name "Hotspur" means "fiery and tempestuous". Hotspur was killed in 1403 by an arrow through the forehead at the battle of Shrewsbury.

The building was named The Hotspur when first licensed in 1872; it was a nine-bedroomed hotel until 1914 and has been a public house ever since.

104mm equivalent, 1/200th sec. @ f5.6, ISO 80

Tags: Photo journalism Pub Portraits and people Hotspur Percy newcastle

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23 Mar 2008 1:39AM
wonderful capture and write up..Smile

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proz 12 205 United States
23 Mar 2008 1:49AM
fantastic, I have been waiting for this one. This is a fab shot Bill, great tones and love the angle you chose for capture. It was worth the wait!
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
23 Mar 2008 2:39AM
Great tones in the stonework here Bill.Nice bit of metalwork too.Not often you would find an extra detail like this, with an arrow thro' someones skull.Or perhaps it is only an advert for Strongbow cider?
23 Mar 2008 3:13AM
Love the narrative and this fine image.
newy17 11 273 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2008 6:18AM
Morning bill, nicely captured and some great history,
You could get a sore head drinking in this Pun Bill, nice story and legend.

All the very best
User_Removed 9 485 13 England
23 Mar 2008 7:22AM
i just love this one Bill, love saturation to the stone work and pin sharp. Great shot

helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2008 7:43AM
Great shot! and I don't mean the arrow!!
Superb detail Bill. The stonework has some lovely coloirs and lines
Have a great Easter Day.
23 Mar 2008 7:57AM
Love the image and the story Bill, excellent detail in both,
bayleaf 9 8 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2008 8:50AM
What a good shot Bill. Super detail.

MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2008 8:59AM
Lovely lines, colour and light.
danbrann Plus
12 636 17
23 Mar 2008 9:29AM
Good one Bill. I remember The Hotspur . I remember the comic obviously named after him
glyndwr 9 66 10 Wales
23 Mar 2008 9:29AM
The image alone is well worth the view, but Bill's text adds so much.

luxaeternam 9 21 1
23 Mar 2008 9:56AM
What a great pub sign, Bill. I wonder what the subliminal message is ? - an evening in here leaves you with a nasty headache.
Now had it been a barbers, it might have been 'haircuts to die for...'
A matchmakers - 'you need a spouse like a hole in the head'...
This game is fun Wink
Happy Easter!
Smile Lucy
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
23 Mar 2008 10:58AM
Great work and words.
Cormy 9 3 England
23 Mar 2008 11:04AM
Really enjoyed this one Bill,fine shot.
Rende Plus
10 38 4 Netherlands
23 Mar 2008 11:24AM
Beautiful capture. I guess the sign is an indication of what many of the visitors feel the next morning Wink
samsalt1 10 34 4
23 Mar 2008 12:12PM
I won't be signing up for their darts team Wink

TyChee Plus
12 275 1 United States
23 Mar 2008 12:19PM
Excellent image an story. Nice detail right down to that arrow.
23 Mar 2008 12:23PM
Cor I bet that hurt, great shot, lovely detail and a great story. Were you on a pub crawl ?

23 Mar 2008 12:25PM
good view point and colour, which fits the 'Bill'.

John Smile
23 Mar 2008 12:39PM
well spotted Smile
superb tones in the stone...
Richsr 9 91 223 England
23 Mar 2008 12:48PM
Like the details and colours in this Bill - well captred.
Happy Easter
Regards Richard.
imagio 10 12 1 England
23 Mar 2008 1:37PM
Love the detail and what a haircut he has..

TelStar 12 116 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2008 1:40PM
I just love the historical references in many old pub signs. This is a cracker!

Cabit 9 104 England
23 Mar 2008 4:18PM
Thats a belter Bill, great spot.
23 Mar 2008 4:18PM
Ouch !!
Super shot Bill and an interesting write up.
jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
23 Mar 2008 4:39PM
A great capture with interesting information also

Hop-A-Long 10 52 1 England
23 Mar 2008 5:17PM
Great sign, image and history Bill. Wonderful.
pamelajean Plus
11 973 1871 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2008 6:17PM
An excellent image, Bill, andI like the diagonal of the pub facade, with the sign on the straight...well, sort of, as well as the overall tones and detail. Poor old Percy, he's had his body chopped off, too. Fascinating history.
wyatturp 11 2 England
23 Mar 2008 7:05PM
Good fun pictures as the norm hope you are well

taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
23 Mar 2008 7:43PM
So, after a few drinks at this pub you are ready to fight like the devil?

Whatever, the lighting ir right, focus well done, a great image!

Herge88 Plus
9 40 4 England
23 Mar 2008 7:59PM
Thats a great pub sign and an interesting history lesson to go with it.

Best Matt
Each pub unique, great stuff
Bodiewil 9 46 Wales
24 Mar 2008 5:12PM
Another great piece of work Bill

tigertimb 9 40 66 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2008 6:30PM
Great shot Bill but the arrow seems a bit macabre - I'm sure if I had to choose a portrait of myself I would be saying "oh look, here's a good one when I was dead"
25 Mar 2008 10:32AM
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
30 Mar 2008 2:42PM
A most fascinating pub sign and a very interesting write up to go with it. You certainly have a keen eye for spotting the unusual

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