Pub Sign Study – The Spotted Cow – Bury, Manchester

Photo taken by me – The Spotted Cow pub sign, Bury, Manchester
Preston, England
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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@amadeo (65797)
• United States
13 May 16
As I mentioned before.I love to have one of the sign there that you mentioned in your other post.
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• Preston, England
13 May 16
there are some I'd love to own too
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@amadeo (65797)
• United States
13 May 16
@arthurchappell No chance there.Not even a repro
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• Preston, England
14 May 16
@amadeo I know a few people with them - sometimes when pubs are demolished the sign gets left lying around or just thrown aside - I've never got one though
@JohnRoberts (56897)
• Los Angeles, California
13 May 16
So the sing never had a cow?
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• Preston, England
13 May 16
@JohnRoberts not the current sign no - possibly a former sign might have depicted one
@teamfreak16 (41178)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
14 May 16
Here, we all, probably out of laziness, just shorten the name of the bar. At least, the people I know do.
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• Preston, England
14 May 16
@teamfreak16 that is quite common yes
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@Corbin5 (106195)
• United States
13 May 16
Manchester seems to be the master of pub signs!
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• Preston, England
13 May 16
@Corbin5 I have many signs from round the country though I get more in Manchester with living here
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@Jessicalynnt (47872)
• Centralia, Missouri
14 May 16
ah, that makes more sense, I was like, where's the cow?
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@JudyEv (123169)
• 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.
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@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
13 May 16
So, I'm in the wrong place? LOL
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