Blue Lion - Grey's Inn Road, London, UK.
N 51° 31.449 W 000° 06.940
30U E 700084 N 5712059
Quick Description: We think that we know where the blue lion comes from and it is our old friend, heraldry.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/24/2011 2:26:04 AM
Waymark Code: WMB9QP
The blue lion appered on the arms of the Royal House of Denmark, particulary Queen Anne (1574 - 1619) who had particular significance in the UK, being the wife of James VI of Scotland and I of England and the mother of Charles I.
Anne was married off by her father at the age of 14. Whe she entered Edinburgh after her marriage to James, she was said to have been riding in a solid silver carriage (really?) as her husband rode alongside.
Later on they became somewhat estranged living apart but Anne is thought to have been popular and a diplomatic asset to the country.
If this pub adopted the name Blue Lion from the outset (and the inclusion of a bas relief blue lion on the facade suggests that this may have been the case), it was built and named only 10 years after her death.
Name of Artist: Not known.
Date of current sign: Not known.
Date of first pub on site: 1627.
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