I also remember the Elephant and Castle
being on the Coat of Arms of Coventry- any idea why?
Sheffield City Museum
--- Edwin Rose <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Yes I have always understood the Elephant and Castle
> to be
> named from the crest of the Cutlers Company. The
> idea that it
> derived from Infanta de Castille was popularised by
> development corporation in the 1960s on tube
> advertisements but
> has no basis in fact.
> When Nick Fuentes published his article (saying that
> kept his elephants there) I wrote a letter to the
> Archaeologist pointing out that the common inn signs
> of the cock
> and the bull could similarly indicate the sites of
> temples of Mithras.
> In particular the Old Bull and Bush (and we all know
> that an ivy
> bush was a Roman inn sign) (well you should know
> then) clearly
> marked the temple used by the potters at Highgate
> Wood. But
> they would not publish it. Perhaps my use of the
> term "cock and
> bull story" was not tactful
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