Here are 10 of Derbyshire's strangest pub names - and the stories behind them

Some pub names crop up repeatedly in cities, towns and villages across the country – The Red Lion, The Crown and The Royal Oak to name just three.

Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 4:39 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 5:31 pm
Simon Clarke at 'The Burnt Pig' in Ilkeston. Picture: Lizzi Lathrop.

But there are also hostelries with titles that invite a little more curiosity.

Derbyshire has a number of pubs with unusual names that hint at their history, local traditions or another interesting meaning.

Here are 10 of the strangest from around the region and the stories behind them.

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The Quiet Woman, in the village of Earl Sterndale, is said to be a reference to the tale of Chattering Charteris, a woman from the 12th century who - as an unsympathetic legend has it - had her head cut off by her publican husband for being a 'nag'. The motto on the pub sign reads 'Soft words turnety away wrath'. There are alternative, less gruesome versions of the tale.

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The Cheshire Cheese, in Hope, owes its name to being an overnight stopping point on the old salt carrying route from Cheshire across the Pennines to Yorkshire. Payment for lodging at the inn was actually made in cheese, and the original cheese hooks can still be seen in the lower room.
The Corner Cupboard sits on the corner of High Street West and Arundel Street in Glossop.
The Crispin, in Great Longstone, is named after St Crispin, the patron saint of shoemakers. Flemish weavers settled in this area of Derbyshire, establishing a stocking industry which led to trade in shoes.
The Derby Tup in Whittington, Chesterfield, is a reference to a folk custom - alternatively called Old Tup - involving teams of men following a hobby horse with a goat's or sheep's head that is carried by an individual hidden under a cloth. The hobby horse was carried around to local houses where payment was expected for its appearance.
At the back of The Lime Kiln, in Wirksworth, there is a former limestone quarry.
The name of The Barley Mow, on Saltergate in Chesterfield, is a nod to an old folk tune that became a drinking song. A barley mow is a stack of barley, a grain malted for brewing beer.
The Spread Eagle, on Beetwell Street in Chesterfield, refers to the heraldic eagle that would appear on a coat of arms.
The Pillar of Rock in Bolsover stands on the site of three brick-built cottages. The cottages had cellars going down into a pillar of rock which is said to have remained intact during Bolsover’s transformation into a coal town.
The Burnt Pig Ale 'Ouse in Ilkeston is a name people 'remember', the micropub's owner Simon Clarke said in 2015. "The name came about from a drunken night out when a group of us were thinking of names," he explained. The place is known for the quality of its pork scratchings.