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the sign of the pub. However, they did not just stop with a sign. In their beer garden, (an outside eating or drinking area) they have a life-size representation of one such three-legged mare. However, if you ask the locals what the name of this pub is, they will all tell you it is called the Wonky Donkey. Tis is the name of their exclusive beer and therefore is a shorter nickname given to the pub. You can visit this pub at High Petergate, York. A 400-year-old pub holds the name of


The Quiet Woman. Already in our mod- ern culture this name would be unaccept- able and yet the story behind it is even more intriguing. Te landlord of the pub had a wife who was known to the town as “Chattering Charteris” and was widely dis- liked. Her husband could not sleep at night, as she would talk even in her sleep. One night, her husband could no longer stand the constant chattering and decapi- tated her. Instead of facing punishment from his village, they all gave money to pay for her headstone. Tey also changed the name of the pub, leaving the warning “soft words turneth away wrath”. You can visit this pub in the village of Earl Sterndale in Buxton. For our last curious pub name we have


The Bucket of Blood in Hayle, Cornwall. Te building of the pub is thought to have


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dated back to the 12th century and to have been inhabited by a monk that is still seen today by customers, who claim to have seen the robed figure appear and disappear before their very eyes. However, the pub was not built until the 18th century and its name is derived from yet another gruesome story. Te pub was often visited by pirates and seaside smugglers and located near a well for them to get water for the long journeys at sea. However, one day the landlord of the pub was getting water from the well and pulled up a bucket of blood. Te body of a revenue officer who had confronted some of the ruffians of the pub was found at the bottom of the well. He is now nicknamed the “Bloody Ghost” and can still be spotted on rare occasions by the Cornish well. Tese are only a few of the uniquely


named pubs across England, but wherever you go, you are sure to find a pub with a name and a story. Here are just a few more I found worth mentioning: Poosie Nansies, Bunch of Carrots, Te Nobody Inn, Te Drunken Duck, and Te Swan With Two Necks. Interesting fact: many pubs had their pictures painted first and were named afterwards because of high illiteracy rates. What story will you discover as you ex- plore the strangely named pubs of England?


“In 1749, an ex-footman bought the place, claiming to have been the last running footman.”


Eliza Raine is a guest writer and currently studying creative writing and English literature. She’s lived in the UK for two


years and loves exploring the unique history of the area.


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