Most replies to my query about this inn sign have been off-list (as with
most replies nowadays it seems), the general consensus is that it
relates to a criminal trial, but which trial is a matter of wide
However in reading a book on obscure inn signs (which does not mention
this one) I came across a mention of an inn in the west country called
St Peter's Finger, which the compiler suggested was a corruption of St
Peter ad Vincula.
But is there not a Petersfinger hill somewhere near Salisbury from
which, by coincidence, palaeos come?
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