Pub signs are England's number one icon
PUBLISHED: 14:09 30 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:38 20 February 2013
An online public vote by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has found pub signs to be the most cherished of all English icons. Do you agree?
An online public vote by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has found pub signs to be the most cherished of all English icons.
Author Sebastian Faulks nominated the pub sign (14.5%), which was followed by red post boxes (11.9%) in second place and canal boating, a nomination from actor Kevin Spacey, which finished third.
However, CPRE fear the traditional pub sign is dying out as independent ale houses close down and old fashioned pubs receive a makeover.
"A Royal Act in 1393 made it compulsory for inns to have signs, in order for official ale tasters and the mainly illiterate population to identify them, and so colourful signs and symbols have been gently enticing us inside ever since," says author and president of CPRE, Bill Bryson.
"At a time when 36 pubs per week nationally are closing their doors, it is heartening to hear of the value still placed on this heralded tradition. I'm delighted pub signs won the Icons vote, and of course there is no better place to celebrate this result than inside an equally iconic British pub."
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HAVE YOUR SAY!
What do you make of the rapid rate that the traditional English pub is disappearing and what would you do to halt the rot? Which are your favourite Surrey pubs and what is it that you love about them? Do you have any favourite Surrey pub signs and do you agree that they should be England's number one icon?