The first sign here was hanging outside a pub in
Bromsgrove in 2001 and is an
excellent example of the Turk's Head sign, a variant of the Saracen's Head. They
are both very old and date back to The Crusades.
Although the term 'Saracen' in
Greek and Roman days described a nomadic Arab, many noble families whose members
had taken part in The Crusades often included a head of a Saracen in their coat
of arms. Transferring the reference to a pub is a natural extension of this.
Possibly the most famous Saracen's Head pub is located in Southwell and it was
there that Charles I surrendered to the Scots in 1646.
The second signboard was photographed in 2001 at
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"During the crusades all were religious mad, and now all are mad for want
John Gabriel Stedman