The Cock & Pye
This town centre public house can
be found at 13 Upper Brook Street, opposite the famous 'Symonds for Kodaks' sign.
This is one of Ipswich's most ancient pubs; one of only 24 to
appear on a town assessment of 1689. It seems that it was formerly far
more extensive than the current building. The name
apparently originates from an ancient oath 'by cock and pie' - an
allusion to a gastronomical dish once created for banquets of chivalry:
peacock pie included a guilded head at one end and a fanned tail at the
other and marked solemn occasion when knights-errant would pledge
themselves to hazardous undertakings or enterprises. As usual the
Suffolk CAMRA (see Links) website gives
interesting information about the pub.
What's of most interest here are the leaded light windows above
the doors bearing the lettering:
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So why is the fine Mexican
and illustrator – Josť Guadalupe Posada
(1852-1913) – celebrated by this public house? The CAMRA entry states
that this pub was formerly known as 'Posada' and 'The Cock &
Magpie'. According to the list of licencees the name Posada only
appears in Kelly's Directory for 1932 and 1939. The word Posada seems
to have roots in Sardinia, Romania, Poland as well as the more obvious
Spain and Mexico. It is also the name of a Christmas celebration of the
Knights of Columbus in America. A bit of a mystery, then.
Compare with the leaded light lettering on The
The Cock & Pye was quaintly refronted by architect John Shewell
Corder (see also Scarborow) in 1903,
including jettied upper storey and carved bressumer.
throughout the Ipswich
Historic Lettering site: Borin Van Loon
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