Pub Sign Study – The Spotted Cow – Bury, Manchester
May 13, 2016 1:04pm CST
Many pubs are better known by local nicknames than by their actual official names. For example, a pub in Miles Platting, Manchester that was officially called The Prince Of Wales was known to many as ‘The Dead House’. In fact if you referred to it by its actual name many locals who even drank there wouldn’t know where you meant. The nickname came from bodies being taken there after a tragedy in the street. The pub often displayed an empty coffin to attract more customers, though it has long since been demolished. The sign for The Spotted Cow cleverly incorporates the nickname right alongside the full title. The Spot not only shortens its full title – it also hints that the pub is the place, the ‘spot’ to be. Arthur Chappell
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• Bunbury, Australia
14 May 16
Nicknames become 'the name' for a place quite often and the official name more or less disappears - like people and their nicknames. Call them by their correct name and none of their friends know who you're talking about.