Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The King's Arms on King Street, York

This pub is on the riverside opposite Woodsmill Quay (see Feb 12). The ground floor walls have been exposed probably because the frequent floods would ruin any rendering. To the left is Ouse Bridge, and to the right the terrace of houses posted on Feb 2. More York pubs here and a panoramic view showing this one here.


  1. Love these timbered buildings. Old stone is a passion of mine.

    What exactly does "Arms" refer to?

  2. The arms (or weapons) referred to above is the coat of arms, the heraldic badge or shield seen on the pub sign. Here the only weapon is a shield, a common symbol on coats of arms. These signs go back to knights who could not easily be recognised in their armour and needed some kind of identification.