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Ye Olde Black Bear - High Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, UK.
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member HitchinLookers
N 51° 59.812 W 002° 09.316
30U E 557994 N 5761026
Quick Description: The use of the bear in a pub sign is as common as it is confused in it's history.
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/27/2011 10:16:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMAM2N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bill&ben
Views: 6

Long Description:
There are many reasons why the bear may be used on a pub sign but few certainties.

Where a bear is depicted, brown or black, it will often be a reflection of the "sport" of bear baiting indicating that this was something that could be seen in the vicinity. A bear was chained to a post and dogs set on it. For this reason where a bear is seen in the picture chained to a post there can be some certainty that this is the origin of the sign. UNLESS there is a heraldic connection to a local landowner or other dignitary of the day. The bear or bear and ragged staff was often a feature of coats of arms. The colour of the bear may have been significant. Or may have been simply a random choice.

As pub signs are re-painted, where the sign simply refers to a bear the colour may change at the whim of the publican or the sign painter.
Name of Artist: Not known.

Date of current sign: Not known.

Date of first pub on site: Not known.

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