TL2212 : The Long Arm and Short Arm Pub in Lemsford Village

taken 15 years ago, near to Stanborough, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

The Long Arm and Short Arm Pub in Lemsford Village
The Long Arm and Short Arm Pub in Lemsford Village
There are many theories regarding the origins of the name. The current pub sign shows a coach and four crossing a ford formed where the river Lea crossed the road in front of the pub. There is a signal board having two arms, one long and one short used to indicate the depth of water in the ford. It might be noted that the ford was bridged in 1775 and the beer house did not get its license until 100 years later although the original building dates from 1734. An alternative theory is that the long and short refer to the lengths of the two roads out of the village. That which goes off to the right was a longer route compared with the shorter steeper route that once ran the left of the pub. Another theory is that an early sign was painted by one John Frederick Herring, an accomplished "whip" and artist who frequently came through the village on his way from London to York. His sign showed a coachman extending his arm to the publican who was holding a glass of ale back with a short arm. To make the meaning clear the inscription "pay before you sup" was incorporated into the design. One more suggestion is that a coach and four horses as depicted in the sign has to be driven by the coachman with the reins of one pair of horses in the left hand on a "long arm" and the other pair on a "short arm." However as it says in the Lemsford Local History Group, Publication No. 3... "other suggestions have been put forward over the years and the reasons for the name remains a riddle to this day."
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Thursday, 8 February, 2007   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 221 124 [100m precision]
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