Thursday, 25 August 2016

Inn Signs - The Devon Doorway

The coat of arms and motto of the county of Devon adorn the inn sign of this pub at Gayton on the Wirral peninsula .  The motto Crescit sub pondere virtus means virtue thrives beneath oppression.

It was built in the style of a Devon longhouse and it has a beautiful story behind its quirky appearance.  The pub was built in the 1900’s by a local man as a labour of love for his wife.  The couple would holiday in Devon regularly and the lady would beg her husband to leave the Wirral and move to Devon to live in a traditional longhouse. Unfortunately, the husband was tied to his job in the North, so instead built the Devon Doorway for his wife as a surprise.


  1. That is a true love story. If you can't move with your wife to Devon, bring some of the flavor of Devon to your wife!

  2. What a lovely surprise it must have been for the wife!

  3. What a lovely story, and what a devoted husband. And what a quirky and unusual post!


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