Quite near to where I live there used to be a public house called The Granville Arms. I believe that it has now been converted to part hot food takeaway and part residential use but when it was in its dying throws it displayed a pub sign which heraldically was one of those really frustrating missed opportunities. Whoever had the bright idea of depicting the arms as a coppice of trees I’ll never know? Sadly this isn’t the only armorial sign that has lost its heraldic significance through ignorance.
This extract from the 1922 edition of Debrett's shows gives a flavour of what the image should have been.
Monday, 20 January 2014
The Granville Arms - a wasted opportunity.
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