The Who'd a Thought it?
There are a few inns around the country with this name - this one is in Glastonbury. There are said to be two potential origins to the name. One suggests that the inn is in an unlikely place whilst the other implies the landlord was not expected to be granted a licence!
The Blue Boar
Like many animal signs the blue boar has its origins in heraldry. The White Boar was the symbol of Richard III, the last Yorkist king of England. The Blue Boar was, inter alia, the symbol of the Earls of Oxford who were Lancastrian supporters. When Richard was defeated at the Battle of Bosworth it is said that a lot of White Boar inns were hurriedly painted blue! This Blue Boar is at Hay-on-Wye.
At Taunton in Devon is an inn named after Perkin Warbeck. Warbeck was a fifteenth century Flemish pretender to the English throne. Claimng to be Richard, brother of Edward V, he led a rising against Henry VII.
On 7 September 1497, Warbeck landed at Whitesand Bay, 2 miles north of Land's End, in Cornwall hoping to capitalise on the Cornish people's resentment in the aftermath of their uprising only three months earlier. Warbeck proclaimed that he could put a stop to extortionate taxes levied to help fight a war against Scotland and was warmly welcomed. He was declared "Richard IV" on Bodmin Moor and his Cornish army some 6000 strong entered Exeter before advancing on Taunton. Henry VII sent his chief general, Giles Daubeney, 1st Baron Daubeney, to attack the Cornish and when Warbeck heard that the King's scouts were at Glastonbury he panicked and deserted his army. Warbeck was captured at Beaulieu Abbey in Hampshire where he surrendered. Henry VII reached Taunton on 4 October 1497, where he received the surrender of the remaining Cornish army. The ringleaders were executed and others fined. Warbeck was imprisoned, first at Taunton, then at the Tower of London, where he was "paraded through the streets on horseback amid much hooting and derision of the citizens".
I have previously mentioned the Talbot, I suggested that the inn sign with the pure white dog was wrongly coloured and that it should have black spots. Either my information was incorrect and it could also be white or another sign writer has got it wrong; this one in Crickhowell.