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Red Lion, Spon End

Alternative Addresses:5 Spon End?
The most common of all pub names. Its early use was due to John of Gaunt, the most powerful man in England for much of the fourteenth century. A red lion is also a heraldic reference to Scotland. When James I (also James VI of Scotland) came to the throne, he ordered that a red lion should be displayed in public places. In 1756 two dragoons, Edward Drury and Robert Leslie were traced to the Red Lion, where they were quartered, by a pistol found at the scene of the murder of Thomas Edwards of Whoberley. We have no other mention of this pub. It is thought to have stood next door to the Old Dyers Arms.

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1756 Thomas Pane
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