Pub sign study – The Tontine – Ashton – Tameside Manchester
December 24, 2015 3:39pm CST
This pub sign is named after a very unusual kind of last will and testament. It amounts to an agreement that deeds and money saved in a trust by the various signatories to the Tontine Agreement will only go to their last surviving member. Such agreements are rarely used now and they were a common plot devise in Edwardian murder mysteries where someone would try to ensure he was the one gaining the inheritance by killing off the other Tontine signatories. The pub may have changed hands at some stage in its history due to such an arrangement, though it would then have been made legally without murderous behaviour. Arthur Chappell
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• Preston, England
25 Dec 15
I think they were designed to help keep businesses afloat rather than for personal fortunes to be amassed - the senior boards of companies had a vested interest in keeping a company profits high if they had a chance to benefit from it in what amounted to a lottery but the agreements could get personal and fuel greed. They may still be legitimate but they are no longer popular.