Public House Signs

Harrison in his Description of England, written in 1585, after descanting on "the great and sumptuous Innes," speaks of the "gorgeousnesse of their verie signes at their doores;" which custom, at that time, was carried to great excess.

Of all the signs in the world, that at the White Hart, at Scole, was the most remarkable. It was erected in 1655, by John Peck of Norwich, at the cost of £1057. His arms (arg. on a chev. Engrailed gu. Three crosslets ate of the field), and those of his wife (arg. a fesse betw. Two crescents in chief, and lion ramp. in base, gu. for Jethestin) were embazoned on it, as were likewise the arms of the Town of Great Yarmouth, those of the Duke of Norfolk, the Earl of Yarmouth, and many others.

Sylas Neville mentions it with wonder. It was taken down about the commencement of the present century.

There is an engraving of "Schoale Inn," 1740, exhibiting this sign extending across the road. It was elaborately carved and adorned with the figures of men and animals, by Fairchild.

Gough says that there was at tis Inn (which was greatly resorted to by travellers) a round bed, capable of holding twenty couple.

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