The little-known origins behind the names of these 22 pubs in the Portsmouth area

PORTSMOUTH is not a city that is short on pubs, with more drinking establishments than you can shake a stick at.

Friday, 12th April 2019, 2:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th November 2019, 11:57 am
Origin of pub names

But while the names of plenty of these places are self explanatory, like the Isambard Kingdom Brunel, others can leave you scratching your head. Here are the origins behind 22 of the pubs in the city and surrounding area. 

This pub in Netley Road is named after George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland, who was a politician during the 19th Century and served as Governor-General of India. The sign depicts that Eden family coat of arms.
This pub in Church Path North shares its name with a 19th century warship which served in the Crimean War and was later turned into a training ship.

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Located in Fratton Road, the origins of this pub's name is believed to be linked to the trams that once ran along the street.
Located in Palmerston Road it gets its name from Southsea's original identity. When it was first built it was known as Croxton Town, after the Croxton's who owned the land. It later took the name Southsea from the castle.
This Wetherspoons pub in Fratton Road gets its name from John Jacques who was the chief executive of the Portsea Island Mutual Co-Operative Society between 1945 and 1965. The pub is house in a former Co-op building.
Located in Fratton Road, it gets its name from the historic district of Froddington which was named in the Doomsday Book. Over the years it was corrupted and became Fratton.
The most common name for a pub in the country, there is one in London Road, Cosham. John of Gaunt, found of the House of Lancaster, used it as his symbol. King James I decreed that Red Lions should be displayed in public places.
Located in Castle Road, this place has one of the more common pub names. With mow meaning a stack or sheaf and barley being the principle grain which beer is made from. So it means Barley Stack.
One of the more unique names in the city, this pub is in Eastbourne Road, Copnor, and the origin of its name is believed to be down to the fact that an Inland Revenue office used to be nearby.
The origins of this Old Portsmouth pub's name comes from naval history. Dolphins were seen as a sign good luck for mariners for hundreds of years. So many ships and pubs bore this name.
Located in Jessie Road, Southsea, this pub gets its name from the 17th century actress and orange seller of the same name who was a long-time mistress of King Charles II.
This pub in Langstone High Street has a fairly common name which comes from the English Civil War when Prince Charles hid in a tree to escape roundheads and it became known as the Royal Oak.
This pub in Guildhall Walk gets its name from a famous breed of horse, which were once used by the Royal Artillery who had barracks nearby.
This pub in Locksway Road gets its name from the 19th century ballad of the same name. Written by Thomas Haynes Bayly, it is a poem about childhood and yearning for home. There are also pubs with this name in Havant and Gosport.
Located in Osborne Road, Southsea, this pub is one of the best places to eat in Portsmouth according to Tripadvisor. It has a 4.5 star rating based on 268 reviews.
Located in Lake Road, Landport, it is believed that the name may derive from Jack the Painter who tried to burn down the Portsmouth dockyard in 1777 during the American Revolutionary War.
This pub in Copnor Road, Hilsea, gets its name from Sir Francis Drake's ship The Golden Hind which he used to circumnavigate the globe between 1577 and 1580.
Located in Auckland Road, this pub gets its name from Apsley House which was the home of Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington. He was the famed general who led Britain to victory in the Battle of Waterloo.
Located in the Hard, this pub get its name from Emma Hamilton who was Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson's mistress, by whom he fathered a daughter called Horatia.
This pub in Birdlip Road, Paulsgrove, carries a popular pub name. The origin of the name can be found in Christianity with cross keys being the sign of St Peter, the gatekeeper of Heaven.
This pub gets its name from Lieutenant Alexander Fawcett, a soldier who died aged 20 in Bejapore, India, while leading 95th Regiment against mutineers on September 5, 1858. There is a memorial to him in Portsmouth Cathedral.
This pub in Shearer Road gets its name from landowner Bettesworth Pitt-Shearer, of Swanmore House, Droxford, formerly of the Isle of Wight.