I was reading before Christmas that our pub chains are slowly but surely killing off the very old tradition of pub signs. It was suggested that as the signs are expensive to produce they are either not maintained or kept after a pub is refurbished. The new sign outside The Railway Inn in Meols is just plain awful.
A Royal Act of 1393 made it compulsory for inns (pubs) to have signs in order that official ale tasters and the mainly illiterate population could identify them!
So, without a drop passing my lips (honest) I did some of my own research of Hoylake pubs. We’re not doing too bad really with only the Blue Anchor and Hoylake Lights (Wetherspoons) not making the grade. I like the Plasterers Arms motto …Let Brotherly Love Continue
Here are the signs: