Signs: horseshoe


The Horseshoe Inn, Llangattock, Powys, Wales

Another former pub with a visual reminder of its name, sadly all shuttered up and bereft of custom despite offering locally sourced food and Welsh cask ales; it’s apparently currently available to let by Welsh pub chain Brains

Stone head: boar

boar's head

Boar’s head, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales

Though no longer the sign for an inn, this stone carving was indeed probably for an entrance to a pub called The Blue Boar in 1877. Later the building was the site of a coach factory and is now a nondescript shop front located amongst pizza and eastern food outlets.

Portals: hobbit’s


False entrance, Llangattock, near Crickhowell Bridge, Powys

There’s a nice local notion that Crickhowell might be the inspiration for Crickhollow in the first book of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (not The Hobbit, as I’ve seen it referred to). Continue reading