Information on the Globe Inn Sign
The image below shows the signboard hanging outside the Globe Hotel in Liverpool towards the end of 2013. The sign dates from the period when the pub was a revamped Cain's house. A sailor is consulting both the globe and his Nautical Almanac with a magnifying glass, excited no doubt by the prospect of the voyage ahead.
The Nautical Almanac was priceless to seafarers in days of old for it describes the positions of celestial bodies that enable navigators to determine the position of their ship at sea. Despite the use of satellites and computers, the almanac remains in print. Indeed, in the UK the Nautical Almanac has been published annually by HM Nautical Almanac Office since 1767. Although delightful to look at from ground level, this signboard may almost be a stock image for it appears in other locations - in fact, I have included another of my photographs that was taken in Bude in 2003.
The sign of The Globe is popular, but not exclusive, to the seaside. In some parts of the country there are Globe inn signs that are thought to be associated with Portugal as the house sold Portuguese wines. The Globe Hotel at Liverpool was in fact a wine and spirit vaults in its early days. Combined with its location at a major seaport makes such a sign almost inevitable - the city had numerous public houses bearing this name.
The rival university cities of Oxford and Cambridge are represented on this page - and both signs incorporate the elements along with the globe. The Morrell's signboard can be seen below at Oxford and was photographed in 1991. The Cambridge signboard includes the Latin "Orbis Terrarum" which translates to "The Whole of the World," a term used by Roman map makers who placed east at the top of their illustrations, presumably because the sun rises in the east. It was at Antwerp in 1570 that Gilles Coppens de Diest published 53 maps created by Abraham Ortelius, collectively known as "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum," a body of work that is considered to be the first modern atlas.
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Sir Francis Drake often appears on signboards for The Globe as the Elizabethan navigator successfully completed the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580. His subseqent exploits on the high seas made him a hero to the English but was considered a pirate by the Spaniards who dubbed him "El Draque." Some inn signs show both Sir Francis Drake with Sir Walter Raleigh, the explorer and colonist much favoured by Queen Elizabeth but executed by James I of England.
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