This page attempts to explain the significance and meaning behind the Turk's Head Inn Sign. Research is augmented with photographs of pub signs.


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Turk's Head

Background Information
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.

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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 Alcester.
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Inn sign of the Turk's Head at Bromsgrove [2005]

Inn sign of the Turk's Head at Alcester [2001]

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