Publication Date: 28 Aug 2021
Categories: History, Politics and Society, Sport and Hobbies, TravelISBN: 9781913913236
Have you ever reflected on why the pubs you visit are named as they are, be it a common one such as the Red Lion or the Royal Oak? There are thousands of other names, many of them strange or dialect, but any number are wreathed in history or have a story behind them.
What do you know about your local? ls it haunted – does it have a grisly tale attached to the name? When was it built? A surprising number are over four hundred years old. lf it’s that ancient, what is its history?
These and many other questions are explored in this light-hearted look at some of the tales and events surrounding the locals in the East of England as well as giving you a brief description of the pub itself – beer and food excluded.
Rodney Simmonds was born in Bedfordshire and had a secondary school education before joining the RAF at sixteen. He trained as an aircraft engineer, later serving in Singapore and Kenya where he was involved in training Kenyan personnel. He became a publican in 1975 when leaving the RAF, returned to aircraft engineering in 1979 with a two-year contract in Saudi Arabia. When that ended he took on a pub in Sheffield before moving to another near Goole in Yorkshire where he remained for a number of years. In his retirement, he has enjoyed travelling and experiencing pubs across England. He now lives in Shroton, Dorset.
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