Newport – A History of Inn Signs

Tonight (27 Feb), we had our first meeting of the New Year with a return visit from Mr Bob Trett. The subject was “Inn Signs” and their origins. Many date from very early times and have their origins in Religion, Royalty, Trades, animals and many other ways of life. The “Three Horse Shoes” would indicate that you could rest and eat in the Inn while there was a blacksmith near by to replace your horse’s shoe (the third shoe) if required. Many signs were about local aristocratic families. Mr Trott brought along a good selection of slides to illustrate the many different subjects and the artists who painted them.

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