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the ass in the band-box


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  • What a bizarre name!

    February 13, 2008

  • This pub is in Nidd in North Yorkshire. According to Barrie Pepper it was built in 1712 and is thought to have had an original coat of arms with a unicorn, or ass, inside a crown, or band-box. The sign was repainted in 1800 when the figure became Napoleon sitting on an ass sailing a band-box to invade England. Apparently what may appear preposterous and jingoistic nonsense was extremely popular in those days. Later the pub acquired the nickname of 'My Arse in a Band-Box'!

    Thank you Barrie.

    February 14, 2008