This page attempts to explain the significance and meaning behind the Rising Sun Inn Sign. Research is augmented with photographs of pub signs.



 

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Background Information
This sign of the Rising Sun is quite widespread and is a common heraldic symbol referring to Edward III, Richard III and to many landed families. However, many signs, particularly in rural areas, the board tends to illustrate the start of the day and often one can find the happy smiley sun emerging above the horizon - often with a cock in the foreground. Perhaps the promise of a new day dawning is probably of more significance than a coat-of-arms!

Inn Sign of the Rising Sun at Tarporley [2005]

Edward III incorporated the Rising Sun within his Royal Crest and this symbolic image was later adopted by other powerful and notable families across the land. The sign's use is sometimes thought to be where a public house occupied land owned by such families.

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There is another possible reason for the sign being used on a particular pub as the Rising Sun was incorporated into the coat of arms for the Worshipful Company of Distillers. These arms feature the sun, with a cloud distilling drops of rain above a double armed still with two worms and receivers.

Inn Sign of the Rising Sun at Winchester [1988]

On some signboards the Rising Sun can be seen behind a notable building or landmark such as the example above which shows Winchester Cathedral. Another example to the right features a bright sun rising over Bath Abbey.
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Inn Sign of the Rising Sun at Stourport [2002]

Inn Sign of the Rising Sun at Pandy [2006]

Inn Sign of the Rising Sun at Backwell [1973]

Inn Sign of the Rising Sun at Aston Clinton [1980]

Inn Sign of the Rising Sun at Coventry [1991]

Inn sign of the Rising Sun at Woodville [2009]

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"The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there.”
Monica Baldwin

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Inn Sign of the Rising Sun at Derby [1990]

Inn Sign of the Rising Sun at Bath [1989]

 

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