I got to wondering about a Plume of Feathers and its history as an item of regalia, which I’d connoted to the Royal Family, from the pub/hotel we’d encountered in Minehead towards the end of my West Country tour.
|The Queen wears a Plume of Feathers|
on her velvet hat - the standard
heraldic wear for the Order
of the Garter ceremony
How do these things come about … and why? I am always intrigued ... which ties in nicely to my interview over at Karen Lange’s blog … so please pop by to say hello to Karen … and perhaps to learn a little more about me and my inquiring mind.
Back to feathering our brains … The Prince of Wales’s feathers is the heraldic badge of the Prince … consisting of three white ostrich feathers emerging from a gold coronet. The ribbon below bears the motto Ich Dien (German for “I serve”) – why? I ask!
|The Prince of Wales's Feathers|
This emblem dates back to Edward, the Black Prince (1330 – 1376) … and it is likely that the Black Prince inherited the badge from his mother, Philippa of Hainault … from where the Bohemian (German) Ich Dien would have come from.
Heraldry is quite another matter … and one I don’t think I will ever understand … though I’d love to have a better knowledge about it … learning the colours of heraldry is tricky enough …
|Henry of Grosmont, Earl of Lancaster|
wearing his Garter robes as depicted
in the Bruges Garter Book: here
you can see some of the early
heraldic coats of arms
But from the Monarchy’s website I glean that the rules of heraldry (told you it wasn’t easy!) allow limited variations in the depiction of the badge …
… the spines or quills of the feathers can be gold, instead of white or silver, and the coronet usually studied with emeralds and rubies, can also feature small sapphires … and so it goes …
|The pub sign ...|
But the pub I can understand! The Plume of Feathers at Greenwich has a very interesting historical write up …
|The Plume of Feathers pub - with an|
23 Known Landlords
Built in the year 1691, with a timeline of known landlords …
Now that’s simple … but add in a servant to the landlord in 1911 and we see how the governance of England helps – the Census throws us this gem.
|Looking north from |
In 1691 the pub, at that stage an inn – with livestock probably: cows and sheep - sat on the busy Dover Road as travellers left Greenwich – a toll would have been paid at the Gate House of the Queen’s House – now part of historical Greenwich.
Due to an increase in traffic the Park Ranger, Lord Romney, decided this Dover coach road was not big enough and in 1699 built a new one about 100 metres nearer the river. So today the pub has the advantage to the locals of being nicely tucked away in the park.
|Spring Flower borders|
From the pub website you can read through the history it has encountered from William III and Mary II being on the throne in 1689 at the time when the pub was first built a couple of years later.
|Orchards at Queen Anne's house - heritage site|
History always returns … here we have Greenwich, an impoverished fishing village, about to turn itself slowly into the suburb it is today … firstly " with higgledy-piggledy timber-fronted houses tumbling into mean streets and around odd little inlets and courts” …
… to today when the pub sits on the edge of the UNESCO Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site …
|Steak at the Plume of Feathers ... that would defeat me!|
I now need to sit down … before I venture out to Karen’s blog to reply to your comments there and here … a Sunday Roast sounds good – still it’s six days away …
… perhaps some Cajun Whitebait and with lemon and lime aioli to start with …. then a roasted fillet of Salmon, butterbean mash, French beans and pink pepper corn sauce – they sound good to me …
|This looks good enough to eat - the|
biscuit Plume of Feathers graces the dessert
… but there’s plenty of choice on the drop down menu – starters/sharing platters, mains … meat, fish or vegetarian … and no doubt a very good dessert – but I couldn’t find a menu … to tempt you sweet-toothers … I’ve no idea what it is – but the plume biscuit stands out … looks chocolatey and gooey too …
|Plume of Feathers Hotel in|
Minehead, before demolition in 1965
So that’s my history of the Plume of Feathers … there’s more … and this building is still standing, not like the Minehead ‘Plume of Feathers’ pub … demolished with its history in 1965.
|Daniel Defoe (1659 - 1731)|
Daniel Defoe who stayed at this coaching inn in Minehead – looks like he should have had a plume of feathers in his periwig …
A big thank you to Karen at her Write Now blog for having me over and bearing with my interviewing skills … not always easy – I slip out of line too often …
The Plume of Feathers in Greenwich - the pub's history
Greenwich - more of its history, and some incredible Olympic food ... one of my 2012 posts ...
St Alfege Church, Greenwich ... I explain here how the manor of Greenwich changed from being ruled from Flanders, to being handed to Edward III (1312 - 1377), the Black Prince's father, ... on persuasion by the people.
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