ST7229 : Sign for the Unicorn Inn

taken 8 years ago, near to Bayford, Somerset, Great Britain

Sign for the Unicorn Inn
Sign for the Unicorn Inn
The unicorn came to pub signs after being on other signs as it was often used by chemists and goldsmiths and there are numerous mentions of this fabled animal in the Old Testament. Because a unicorn could only be captured by a beautiful young virgin early Christians chose him to represent Christ, born of the Virgin Mary. It was believed that dipping the horn of a unicorn in liquid would determine whether it contained any poison and powdered horn was considered to be an aphrodisiac. These beliefs led to the unicorn being a sign for an apothecary. The unicorn appears on the arms of the Goldsmiths, Wax Chandlers and Apothecaries Companies and it is also on the royal badge of Scotland. The arms of James I had two unicorns.
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Date Taken
Friday, 5 February, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 7 February, 2010
Pub sign   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 72685 29142 [1m precision]
WGS84: 51:3.6576N 2:23.4689W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 72685 29142
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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