Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Elephant & Wheelbarrow and other weird pub names!



Thank heavens for archive shots! At 41C yesterday it was a wee bit hot to get out and about with camera in hand. I took these a few weeks ago in Northbridge. After perusing the 23 weirdest pub names in Britain list, with 'The Bucket of Blood' (?) in Cornwall coming in at number one, The Elephant & Wheelbarrow above, seems to almost make sense :) not really! The 'pairing of words in the names of pubs/inns in Britain was rare in the mid-17th century' then apparently after that it was game on, the odder the pairing the better!


Meanwhile below in a heritage listed building in Northbridge there's the Hotel Northbridge.. nothing puzzling about that one :) Looking forward to getting out and about on a hopefully cooler day, have a good Wednesday, take care and stay safe... p.s. what is the weirdest pub name you've come across in your travels?


32 comments:

  1. Back in the day when they come up with the name, they must have been thinking, "what's the weirdest combination name we can think of for this place?"

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  2. oh that's interesting. Nice shots, remind me of the old west


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    <3

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  3. Ha! Well, it really is a name one is likely to remember. Good marketing strategy. ;)

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  4. It's a nice looking pub isn't it? I'm thinking that the wheelbarrow is used to collect all of the **** left by the elephant :)

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  5. Oh, yes!! I do agree with EG!!! I won't forget that one and great marketing strategy indeed!! Hope you have some cooler weather!! Wish I could send you some of ours -- it's been awesome for this time of year in Oregon!!!

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  6. I have a pub shot tomorrow with a rather 'regular' name of The Rainbow. You made me smile...the names do get a bit out there over here. Nice shots.

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  7. I can't remember. Now why can't I remember any weird pub names offhand? The elephant and the wheelbarrow makes total sense to me!

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  8. Here , the most famous pubs of the city are called " Wayne's ", "Big Ben " , "Whales" and "the Klumb". Nothing special , except that those are English names !

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  9. There is one here called The Dog's Bollocks which always gives me a chuckle, Grace! ;-)

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  10. some of them are very funny !
    saluti Grace ..

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  11. While not so unusual, The Pig and Whistle as a pub name has always intrigued me.

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  12. How cool! It's so much fun checking out places with strange names, and especially why they got that name very often! Now I'm a bit thirsty too! :)

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  13. That's a great looking pub but, I agree the name is funny. Makes me wonder if someone actually tried to move an elephant with a wheelbarrow. I once saw one in London named The Walrus and the Carpenter. That's a strange combination.

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  14. I took a look. Strange names. Sure USA has some weird ones. Heck, we have a few right here.We have a Crow Bar (crowbar) here. Kind of funny.

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  15. I love the name. My daughter and I ate at the Bag O Nails Pub on Buckingham Palace Road near Victoria Station in London last summer. It was our first of several pub experiences in England and we thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  16. Interesting theme grace, may I throw in The Slug and Lettuce here in London?

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  17. There are some interesting pub names out there.

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  18. 41! I think that's maybe happened once since I lived here.

    I know Elephant & Castle but not Elephant & Wheelbarrow.

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  19. "The Elephant and the Wheelbarrow". I now have this vision of an elephant crammed into a wheelbarrow in my mind and it brings a smile to my face.

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  20. Nice looking place, Grace !
    The names? Ever weirder, the better... :)

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  21. For me who have never been to Australia, the top building looks very British, and the other one very American. I guess you have as many different styles as most other countries have

    Strange names:)

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  22. Sorry, I can't remember any name of a pub, I don't notice them.

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  23. Wish I'd noted the name of every pub I've ever been in. There's a 'Crown Posada' in Newcastle upon Tyne, which I reckon is unique. Then my favourite fictitious pub, to which I repair for the odd ale or three, is the 'The Olde Ruptured Duck'.

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  24. I love that first one! It reminds me of a restaurant here--The Fatted Calf. It closed recently, but had been around since my college days. Inside and out, it looked like an English pub.

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  25. Beautiful is the word! Great work as always!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog :)

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  26. Hey! Where'd your "Lady in the Yellow Bikini" go? Was going to express my jealousy for your beach weather. Meanwhile, the shopping center in the first couple of photos reminds me of a place in the central coast of California called Solvang.

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  27. I vote the elephant too!! 41C so it's very hot too in Perth! Well enjoy a beer for me!

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  28. It was 41C that day? Man, we sure´d adapted! Yes, was wondering about that one, too! Ingo thought it suits an English Pub...

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  29. The Elephant Wheelbarrow is a brilliant name for a pub, I love it!

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