As we saw in both Epcot and the Cotswolds, these signs incorporate images that evoke the name of the establishment, provide some clues as to what may be found inside, or even relate to the lineage of the owning family.
Consider, for example this sign from The Redesdale Arms in Morton-on-the-Marsh. Here is another case where a few internet queries suggest that the sign incorporates images from the Redesdale family crest:
In Epcot's UK pavilion, the "Sportman's Shoppe" displays a sign boasting a whimsical graphic design that is part family crest, part sporting-goods store, and part hidden Mickey:
While this is all in good fun, if we look beyond this sign to the window on the second floor we see some other crests worked into a nearby window:
Consulting The Imagineering Field Guide to Epcot at Walt Disney World (a nice resource, by the way) provides some insight:
"The crests... represent the four regions of the
United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Whales.
When the first three are overlaid, they form the Union Jack flag of the United Kingdom".
Just across from the Sportsman's Shoppe, we find this sign outside the Rose and Crown:
Compare this sign to Redesdale Arms sign above. Here again, the Disney Imagineers combine history with whimsy. The image of a rose wearing a crown seems obvious enough, but digging a little deeper reveals that the two-color flower is The Tudor Rose - the symbol adopted by King Henry VII at the end of the "Wars of the Roses" to symbolize the reunion of the royal houses of York (white rose) and Lancaster (red rose).
Consulting the Field Guide once again reveals that the motto under the rose "Otium Cum Dignitate" is Latin for Leisure With Dignity, which we at the Veranda strongly endorse.
And on that note, it is time to bring this dispatch to a close. I have more to say on the subject of family crests, but that will have to wait for another day. Storytelling is thirsty work, and I think it is time to enjoy some dignified leisure.
- The Management
P.S. - I've also been fortunate enough to visit the Rose and Crown Pub in Palo Alto, California. Nice place for a pint.